Euroseas Ltd. (NASDAQ: ESEA, the “Company” or “Euroseas”), an owner and operator of container vessels and provider of seaborne transportation for containerized cargoes, announced today a new charter of its container vessel M/V “EM Astoria”.

Specifically:

  • M/V “EM Astoria”, a 2,788 TEU vessel built in 2004, entered into a new time charter contract for a period of between a minimum of thirty-six and a maximum of thirty-eight months at the option of the charterer, at a daily rate of $65,000 for the first twelve months, followed by a daily rate of $50,000 for the subsequent twelve months and followed by a daily rate of $20,000 for the remaining twelve to fourteen month period of the charter resulting in an average daily rate of about $45,000 for the duration of the charter. The new charter will commence in February 2022 after the completion of the present charter of the vessel.

Aristides Pittas, Chairman and CEO of Euroseas commented: “Following the recent announcement of three-year-long charters for three of our vessels, we are very pleased to announce a three-year charter for another vessel in our fleet, this time for M/V “EM Astoria”. The rate of this new charter is on average about 2.5 times higher than the present charter rate of the vessel while the charter payments are heavily front-loaded. The new charter secures us with a minimum of $47m of contracted revenues and is expected to make a total EBITDA contribution in excess of $36m over the three years of the contract; more than $19m of the EBITDA contribution is expected during the first twelve months. This charter also increases our charter coverage to about 92% for 2022, more than 60% for 2023 and about 45% for 2024.

“Continuing healthy containership markets and our high contract coverage are to generate significant cash flow for us over the next two to three years. We plan to use of this cash flow for selective investments to grow and modernize the Company or reward shareholders either through dividends or share buybacks as our Board of Directors should determine.”Fleet Profile:

After the new charter arrangements of M/V “EM Astoria”, the Euroseas Ltd. fleet and employment profile will be as follows:

Name Type Dwt TEU YearBuilt Employment(*) TCE Rate ($/day)
Container Carriers            
MARCOS V Intermediate 72,968 6,350 2005 TC until Dec-24plus 12 months option $42,200option $15,000
AKINADA BRIDGE(*) Intermediate 71,366 5,610 2001 TC until Oct-22 $20,000
SYNERGY BUSAN(*) Intermediate 50,726 4,253 2009 TC until Aug-24 $25,000
SYNERGY ANTWERP(*) Intermediate 50,726 4,253 2008 TC until Sep-23 $18,000
SYNERGY OAKLAND(*) Intermediate 50,787 4,253 2009 TC until Jan-21 then until Mar-22then until Mar-26 $202,000$130,000$42,000
SYNERGY KEELUNG (+) Intermediate 50,969 4,253 2009 TC until Jun-22 plus 8-12 months option $11,750; option $14,500
EM KEA (*) Feeder 42,165 3,100 2007 TC until May-23 $22,000
EM ASTORIA (+) (*) Feeder 35,600 2,788 2004 TC until Feb-22TC until Feb-23then until Feb-24then until Feb-25 $18,650 $65,000$50,000$20,000
EM CORFU(+) Feeder 34,654 2,556 2001 TC until Nov-21 then repositioning trip to drydockTC until Feb-25 $10,200$5,125 for up to 37 days ($35,000 if more than 37 days)$40,000
EVRIDIKI G (+) Feeder 34,677 2,556 2001 TC until Jan-22TC until Feb-25 $15,500$40,000
DIAMANTIS P. (*) Feeder 30,360 2,008 1998 TC until Oct-24 $27,000
EM SPETSES(*) Feeder 23,224 1,740 2007 TC until Aug-24 $29,500
JONATHAN P(*) Feeder 23,351 1,740 2006 TC until Sep-24 $26,662(**)
EM HYDRA(*) Feeder 23,351 1,740 2005 TC until Apr-23 $20,000
JOANNA(*) Feeder 22,301 1,732 1999 TC until Oct-22 $16,800
AEGEAN  EXPRESS(*) Feeder 18,581 1,439 1997 TC until Mar-22 $11,500
Total Container Carriers 16 635,806 50,371      
Vessels under construction Type Dwt TEU To be delivered
H4201 Feeder 37,237 2,800 Q1 2023
H4202 Feeder 37,237 2,800 Q2 2023

Notes:  (*)        TC denotes time charter. Charter duration indicates the earliest redelivery date; all dates listed are the earliest redelivery dates under each TC unless the contract rate is lower than the current market rate in which cases the latest redelivery date is assumed; vessels with the latest redelivery date shown are marked by (+). (**)         Rate is net of commissions (which are typically 5-6.25%)

About Euroseas Ltd.Euroseas Ltd. was formed on May 5, 2005 under the laws of the Republic of the Marshall Islands to consolidate the ship owning interests of the Pittas family of Athens, Greece, which has been in the shipping business over the past 140 years. Euroseas trades on the NASDAQ Capital Market under the ticker ESEA. 

Euroseas operates in the container shipping market. Euroseas' operations are managed by Eurobulk Ltd., an ISO 9001:2008 and ISO 14001:2004 certified affiliated ship management company, which is responsible for the day-to-day commercial and technical management and operations of the vessels. Euroseas employs its vessels on spot and period charters and through pool arrangements. 

The Company currently has a fleet of 16 vessels comprising of 10 Feeder and 6 Intermediate containerships. Euroseas 16 containerships have a cargo capacity of 50,371 teu. Furthermore, after the delivery of two feeder containership newbuildings in the first half of 2023, Euroseas’ fleet will consist of 18 vessels with a total carrying capacity of 55,971 teu.

Forward Looking StatementThis press release contains forward-looking statements (as defined in Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended) concerning future events and the Company's growth strategy and measures to implement such strategy; including expected vessel acquisitions and entering into further time charters. Words such as "expects," "intends," "plans," "believes," "anticipates," "hopes," "estimates," and variations of such words and similar expressions are intended to identify forward-looking statements. Although the Company believes that the expectations reflected in such forward-looking statements are reasonable, no assurance can be given that such expectations will prove to have been correct. These statements involve known and unknown risks and are based upon a number of assumptions and estimates that are inherently subject to significant uncertainties and contingencies, many of which are beyond the control of the Company. Actual results may differ materially from those expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. Factors that could cause actual results to differ materially include, but are not limited to changes in the demand for containerships, competitive factors in the market in which the Company operates; risks associated with operations outside the United States; and other factors listed from time to time in the Company's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The Company expressly disclaims any obligations or undertaking to release publicly any updates or revisions to any forward-looking statements contained herein to reflect any change in the Company's expectations with respect thereto or any change in events, conditions or circumstances on which any statement is based. 

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Company Contact Investor Relations / Financial Media
Tasos AslidisChief Financial OfficerEuroseas Ltd.11 Canterbury Lane,Watchung, NJ 07069Tel. (908) 301-9091E-mail: aha@euroseas.gr Nicolas BornozisPresidentCapital Link, Inc.230 Park Avenue, Suite 1536New York, NY 10169Tel. (212) 661-7566E-mail: euroseas@capitallink.com
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