Declares Cash Dividend of $0.30 Per Share f or the Fourth Quarter

Announces Agreement to Acquire a Panamax Container Vessel

Announces Establishment of New Management Company

ATHENS, Greece, Feb. 19, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Diana Containerships Inc. (Nasdaq:DCIX), a global shipping company specializing in owning and operating containerships, today reported net income of $0.3 million for the fourth quarter of 2012, compared to net income of $1.3 million for the same period of 2011.

Time charter revenues were $14.6 million for the fourth quarter of 2012, compared to $9.8 million for the same period of 2011, mainly due to the increase in the number of vessels in the fleet following the delivery in February, March and November 2012 of the Cap San Marco (renamed Cap Domingo), Cap San Raphael (renamed Cap Doukato), APL Sardonyx, APL Spinel and APL Garnet.

Net income to Diana Containerships Inc. for the year ended December 31, 2012 amounted to $6.0 million, compared to net income of $3.6 million for the same period of 2011. Time charter revenues were $56.6 million for the year ended December 31, 2012, compared to $27.0 million for the same period in 2011.

Dividend Declaration

The Company has declared a cash dividend on its common stock of $0.30 per share. The cash dividend will be payable on or around March 21, 2013 to all shareholders of record as at March 5, 2013. The Company has 32,191,964 shares of common stock outstanding.

Acquisition of a Panamax Container Vessel

In addition, the Company also announced that it has today signed, through a separate wholly-owned subsidiary, a Memorandum of Agreement with Hanjin Shipping Co., Ltd., Seoul, for the purchase of a 1993-built Panamax container vessel of approximately 4,024 TEU capacity, the m/v "Hanjin Malta", for a purchase price of US$22 million. The vessel is expected to be delivered to the Company from the sellers in mid-March 2013.

The vessel is to be chartered to Hanjin Shipping Co. Ltd., Seoul (or a nominee to be fully guaranteed by Hanjin Shipping Co. Ltd., Seoul), for a period of minimum thirty-six and a half (36.5) months to maximum thirty-eight (38) months at a gross rate of US$25,550 per day. The time-charter party is to commence simultaneously upon delivery of the vessel to the Company, and is expected to generate approximately US$27.98 million of gross revenues for the minimum agreed period of the charter.

The vessel is anticipated to be purchased using the Company's existing cash.

Establishment of New Fleet Manager

The Company also today announced that it has established a new wholly-owned subsidiary, Unitized Ocean Transport Limited, or UOT, for the purpose of providing management services similar to those provided currently by Diana Shipping Services S.A., including vessel commercial and technical management, administrative services, and ship brokering services. The Company, and its vessel-owning subsidiaries, intend to enter into new agreements with UOT for the provision of these management services after March 1, 2013. We expect the material terms of these new management agreements with UOT to be substantially similar to those of the Company's current agreements with Diana Shipping Services S.A.
Fleet Employment Profile (As of February 19, 2013)  
Currently Diana Containerships Inc.'s fleet is employed as follows:  
Vessel BUILT TEU Sister Ships* Gross Rate (USD Per Day) Com** Charterer Delivery Date to Charterer Redelivery Date to Owners*** Notes
Container Vessels
SAGITTA A $22,000 1.25% A.P. Moller - Maersk A/S 15-May-11 15-Mar-13 - 15-Jun-13  
2010  3,426              
CENTAURUS A $7,500 3.50% CMA CGM S.A. 13-Aug-12 13-Apr-13 - 13-Aug-13  
2010  3,426              
MAERSK MALACCA B $21,450 1.25% A.P. Moller - Maersk A/S 24-Jun-11 10-May-13 - 8-Aug-13
1990  4,714              
MAERSK MERLION B $21,450 1.25% A.P. Moller - Maersk A/S 19-Jun-11 5-May-13 - 3-Aug-13  
1990  4,714              
MAERSK MADRID   $21,450 1.25% A.P. Moller - Maersk A/S 15-Jun-11 1-May-13 - 30-Jul-13  
1989  4,206              
CAP DOMINGO  C $22,750   Reederei Santa  6-Feb-12 6-Feb-13 2,3
(ex Cap San Marco)   $22,850 0% Containerschiffe 6-Feb-13  6-Feb-14
2001  3,739   $23,250    GmbH & Co. KG 6-Feb-14  23-Dec-14 - 23-Mar-15  
CAP DOUKATO C $22,750   Reederei Santa  6-Feb-12 6-Feb-13 2,3
(ex Cap San Raphael)   $22,850 0% Containerschiffe 6-Feb-13 6-Feb-14  
2002  3,739   $23,250   GmbH & Co. KG 6-Feb-14 23-Dec-14 - 23-Mar-15  
APL SARDONYX D $24,750 1.00% APL (Bermuda) Ltd. 17-Feb-12 3-Jan-14 - 3-Apr-14 3,4,5
1995  4,729              
APL GARNET D $27,000 0% NOL Liner (Pte) Ltd. 19-Nov-12 20-Aug-15 - 19-Oct-15
1995  4,729              
APL SPINEL D $24,750 1.00% APL (Bermuda) Ltd. 1-Mar-12 15-Jan-14 - 15-Apr-14 3,4,5
1996  4,729              
HANJIN MALTA 1993  4,024   $25,550   US$150 per day Hanjin Shipping Co., Ltd., Seoul   15-Mar-13   30-Mar-15 - 15-May-15   3,6  
* Each container vessel is a "sister ship", or closely similar, to other container vessels that have the same letter.
** Commission of charterhire paid to third parties, excluding 1% commission paid to Diana Shipping Services S.A. as part of management fees.
*** Charterers' optional period to redeliver the vessel to owners. Charterers have the right to add the off hire days, if any, and therefore the optional period may be extended.
1  The charterer has the option to employ the vessel for a further 12 month period, plus or minus 45 days at a gross daily rate of $25,000. The optional period, if exercised, must be declared on or before the end of the 20th month of employment and will only commence at the end of the 24th month.
2  For financial reporting purposes, we recognize revenue from time charters that have varying rates on a straight-line basis equal to the average revenue during the term of that time charter. We calculate quarterly dividends based on the available cash from operations during the relevant quarter.
3  For financial reporting purposes, revenues derived from the time charter agreement will be netted off during the term of the time charter with an amortization charge of the asset that was recognized at the delivery of the vessel, being the difference of the present value of the contractual cash flows to the fair value. However, we calculate quarterly dividends based on the available cash from operations during the relevant quarter. 
4  The charterer has the option to employ the vessel for a further 12 month period plus or minus 45 days, at a daily rate of $24,750 starting 24 months after delivery of the vessel to the charterer. After that period the charterer has the option to employ the vessel for a further 12 month period plus or minus 45 days, at a daily rate of $28,000 starting 36 months after delivery of the vessel to the charterer. Options must be declared by the charterer not later than 20 months for the first option and 32 months for the second option after the delivery date to the charterer.
5  Since December 28, 2012 charterers have changed to NOL Liner (Pte) Ltd. 
6  Estimated dates based on expected date of delivery from sellers to owners.
Summary of Selected Financial & Other Data
   For the three months ended December 31, For the years ended December 31,
  2012 2011 2012 2011
  (unaudited) (unaudited) (unaudited) (unaudited)
INCOME STATEMENT DATA (in thousands of US Dollars):        
Time charter revenues, net of prepaid charter revenue amortization  $ 14,637  $ 9,776  $ 56,631  $ 26,992
Voyage expenses 375 224 1,404 731
Vessel operating expenses 8,809 4,644 28,969 11,134
Net income 271 1,307 5,969 3,630
FLEET DATA        
Average number of vessels 9.5 5.0 8.6 3.6
Number of vessels 10.0 5.0 10.0 5.0
Ownership days 871 460 3,156 1,320
Available days 871 460 3,156 1,320
Operating days 870 459 3,150 1,311
Fleet utilization 99.9% 99.8% 99.8% 99.3%
Time charter equivalent (TCE) rate (1)  $ 16,374  $ 20,765  $ 17,499  $ 19,895
Daily vessel operating expenses (2)  $ 10,114  $ 10,095  $ 9,179  $ 8,435
(1) Time charter equivalent rates, or TCE rates, are defined as our time charter revenues less voyage expenses during a period divided by the number of our available days during the period, which is consistent with industry standards. Voyage expenses include port charges, bunker (fuel) expenses, canal charges and commissions. TCE is a non-GAAP measure. TCE rate is a standard shipping industry performance measure used primarily to compare daily earnings generated by vessels on time charters with daily earnings generated by vessels on voyage charters, because charter hire rates for vessels on voyage charters are generally not expressed in per day amounts while charter hire rates for vessels on time charters are generally expressed in such amounts. 
(2) Daily vessel operating expenses, which include crew wages and related costs, the cost of insurance, expenses relating to repairs and maintenance, the costs of spares and consumable stores, tonnage taxes and other miscellaneous expenses, are calculated by dividing vessel operating expenses by ownership days for the relevant period. 

Conference Call and Webcast Information

Diana Containerships Inc. will conduct a conference call and simultaneous Internet webcast to review these results at 9:00 A.M. (Eastern Time) on Tuesday, February 19, 2013.

Investors may access the webcast by visiting the Company's website at, and clicking on the webcast link. The conference call also may be accessed by telephone by dialing 1-877-407-8029 (for U.S.-based callers) or 1-201-689-8029 (for international callers), and asking the operator for the Diana Containerships Inc. conference call.

A replay of the webcast will be available soon after the completion of the call and will be accessible for 30 days on A telephone replay also will be available for 30 days by dialing 1-877-660-6853 (for U.S.-based callers) or 1-201-612-7415 (for international callers), and providing the Replay ID number 408535.

About the Company

Diana Containerships Inc. is a Marshall Islands corporation founded in 2010 to own and operate containerships and pursue containership acquisition opportunities. Diana Containerships Inc. intends to continue to capitalize on investment opportunities by purchasing additional containerships in the secondhand market, from other companies, shipyards and lending institutions, and may also enter into newbuilding contracts with shipyards for new containerships.   

Cautionary Statement Regarding Forward-Looking Statements

Matters discussed in this press release may constitute forward-looking statements. The Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 provides safe harbor protections for forward-looking statements in order to encourage companies to provide prospective information about their business. Forward-looking statements include statements concerning plans, objectives, goals, strategies, future events or performance, and underlying assumptions and other statements, which are other than statements of historical facts.

The Company desires to take advantage of the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 and is including this cautionary statement in connection with this safe harbor legislation. The words "believe," "anticipate," "intends," "estimate," "forecast," "project," "plan," "potential," "may," "should," "expect," "pending" and similar expressions identify forward-looking statements.

The forward-looking statements in this press release are based upon various assumptions, many of which are based, in turn, upon further assumptions, including without limitation, our management's examination of historical operating trends, data contained in our records and other data available from third parties. Although we believe that these assumptions were reasonable when made, because these assumptions are inherently subject to significant uncertainties and contingencies which are difficult or impossible to predict and are beyond our control, we cannot assure you that we will achieve or accomplish these expectations, beliefs or projections.

In addition to these important factors, other important factors that, in our view, could cause actual results to differ materially from those discussed in the forward-looking statements include the strength of world economies and currencies, general market conditions, including fluctuations in charter rates and vessel values, changes in demand for containership capacity, changes in our operating expenses, including bunker prices, drydocking and insurance costs, the market for our vessels, availability of financing and refinancing, changes in governmental rules and regulations or actions taken by regulatory authorities, potential liability from pending or future litigation, general domestic and international political conditions, potential disruption of shipping routes due to accidents or political events, vessels breakdowns and instances of off-hires and other factors. Please see our filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission for a more complete discussion of these and other risks and uncertainties.

 Expressed in thousands of U.S. Dollars, except for share and per share data 
   For the three months ended December 31,   For the years ended December 31, 
  2012 2011 2012 2011
REVENUES:   (unaudited)   (unaudited)   (unaudited)   
 Time charter revenues, net of prepaid charter revenue amortization   $ 14,637  $ 9,776  $ 56,631  $ 26,992
Voyage expenses   375  224  1,404  731
Vessel operating expenses   8,809  4,644  28,969  11,134
Depreciation   3,337  2,143  12,476  5,937
Management fees   425  225  1,551  650
General and administrative expenses   768  974  3,468  3,442
Foreign currency losses / (gains)   (92)  4  (194)  18
Operating income   1,015  1,562  8,957  5,080
Interest and finance costs   (772)  (304)  (3,066)  (1,604)
Interest Income   28  49  78  154
Total other expenses, net   (744)  (255)  (2,988)  (1,450)
Net income  $ 271 $ 1,307 $ 5,969 $ 3,630
Earnings per common share, basic and diluted  $ 0.01 $ 0.06 $ 0.22 $ 0.23
Weighted average number of common shares, basic  32,111,969 22,929,499 26,934,533 15,536,028
Weighted average number of common shares, diluted  32,111,969 22,937,387 26,934,533 15,543,916
   For the three months ended December 31,   For the years ended December 31, 
  2012 2011 2012 2011
   (unaudited)   (unaudited)   (unaudited)   
Net income   $ 271  $ 1,307  $ 5,969  $ 3,630
Comprehensive income   $ 271  $ 1,307  $ 5,969  $ 3,630
(Expressed in thousands of US Dollars)
  2012 2011
Cash and cash equivalents   $ 31,526  $ 41,354
Other current assets 5,386 2,205
Advances for vessel acquisitions and other vessel costs -- 6,634
Vessels' net book value  260,945 158,827
Other non-current assets 39,188 991
Total assets   $ 337,045  $ 210,011
Current liabilities  $ 6,110  $ 3,114
Long-term debt, net of unamortized deferred financing costs 91,906 --
Other non-current liabilities 271 364
Total stockholders' equity 238,758 206,533
Total liabilities and stockholders' equity   $ 337,045  $ 210,011
   For the three months ended December 31,   For the years ended December 31, 
  2012 2011 2012 2011
  (unaudited) (unaudited) (unaudited)  
Net Cash provided by Operating Activities  $ 6,897  $ 4,620  $ 31,346  $ 12,504
Net Cash used in Investing Activities  (30,087)  (7,443)  (149,960)  (79,321)
Net Cash provided by / (used in) Financing Activities  (9,657)  (4,416)  108,786  97,073
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