STAMFORD, Conn., Nov. 16, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Eagle Bulk Shipping Inc. (NASDAQ:EGLE) (the "Company") announced today that one of its wholly-owned subsidiaries, Eagle Bulk Shipco LLC, has priced (the "Offering") USD 200 million in senior secured bonds (the "Bonds") which will carry a coupon of 8.25% and be due in November 2022.

In addition, a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Company, Eagle Shipping LLC, has received a loan commitment from certain of its existing lenders in the amount of USD 65 million for a senior secured credit facility (the "Facility") which will bear an interest rate of LIBOR plus 3.50% and have a maturity date of November 2022. 

The net proceeds from the bond offering and loan will be used to repay the outstanding amounts (at par) on both the existing first and second lien facilities at Eagle Shipping LLC. 

The Bonds, which are being placed in the Norwegian bond markets, are being sold only to qualified institutional buyers in reliance on an exemption from registration under the U.S. Securities Act of 1933, as amended (the "Securities Act") and, outside the United States, only to non-U.S. investors pursuant to Regulation S under the Securities Act. The Offering is expected to close on or about November 28, 2017, subject to customary closing conditions. 

The Bonds will not be registered under the Securities Act or the securities laws of any other jurisdiction and may not be offered or sold in the United States absent an effective registration statement or an applicable exemption from registration requirements or a transaction not subject to the registration requirements of the Securities Act or any state securities laws. This press release, which is being issued pursuant to and in accordance with Rule 135c under the Securities Act, shall not constitute an offer to sell or the solicitation of an offer to buy any security and shall not constitute an offer, solicitation or sale in any jurisdiction in which such offering, solicitation or sale would be unlawful.   

The Facility is expected to close on or about December 7 2017, subject to customary definitive documentation and closing conditions.

Forward Looking Statements

Matters discussed in this press release may constitute forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements reflect management's current expectations and observations with respect to future events and financial performance. Where the Company expresses an expectation or belief as to future events or results, such expectation or belief is expressed in good faith and believed to have a reasonable basis. However, the Company's forward-looking statements are subject to risks, uncertainties, and other factors, which could cause actual results to differ materially from future results expressed, projected, or implied by those forward-looking statements.  The Company's actual results may differ materially from those anticipated in these forward-looking statements as a result of certain factors, including changes in the Company's financial resources and operational capabilities and as a result of certain other factors listed from time to time in the Company's filings with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.  The Company disclaims any intent or obligation to update publicly any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, except as may be required under applicable securities laws.

Company ContactFrank De CostanzoChief Financial OfficerEagle Bulk Shipping, Inc.Tel. +1 203-276-8100Email: