FORM 6-K
SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION
WASHINGTON, D.C. 20549

REPORT OF FOREIGN PRIVATE ISSUER PURSUANT TO RULE 13A-16 OR 15D-16 OF THE SECURITIES EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934

For the month of January 2021
Commission File Number: 001-35025

PERFORMANCE SHIPPING INC.
(Translation of registrant's name into English)
373 Syngrou Avenue, 175 64 Palaio Faliro, Athens, Greece
(Address of principal executive office)

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INFORMATION CONTAINED IN THIS FORM 6-K REPORT

Attached to this report on Form 6-K as Exhibit 99.1 is the Notice of Annual Meeting of Shareholders and Proxy Statement of Performance Shipping Inc. ("the Company"), which was mailed to shareholders of the Company on or around January 15, 2021.

Attached to this report on Form 6-K as Exhibit 99.2 is the Proxy Card of the Company, which was mailed to shareholders of the Company on or around January 15, 2021.

The information contained in this Report on Form 6-K is hereby incorporated by reference into the Company's registration statement on Form F-3 (File No. 333-197740), filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (the "SEC") with an effective date of August 13, 2014, and the Company's registration statement on Form F-3 (File No. 333-237637), filed with the SEC with an effective date of April 23, 2020.

SIGNATURES

Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned, thereunto duly authorized.


PERFORMANCE SHIPPING INC.
(registrant)


Dated: January 29, 2021
By:
/s/ Andreas Michalopoulos
   
Andreas Michalopoulos
   
Chief Executive Officer




Exhibit 99.1

January 15, 2021
TO THE SHAREHOLDERS OF PERFORMANCE SHIPPING INC.
Enclosed is a Notice of the Annual Meeting of Shareholders (the “Meeting”) of Performance Shipping Inc. (the “Company”) which will be held on February 25, 2021 at 8:00 a.m. Eastern Standard Time. Due to public health concerns raised by the COVID-19 pandemic, the Meeting will be held in a virtual format only via the Internet at www.virtualshareholdermeeting.com/PSHG2021. You will not be able to attend the Meeting physically. 
At the Meeting, holders of shares of the Company’s common stock (the “Shareholders”) will consider and vote upon the following proposals:

1.
To elect two Class II Directors to serve until the 2024 Annual Meeting of Shareholders (“Proposal One”);

2.
To approve the appointment of Ernst & Young (Hellas) Certified Auditors Accountants S.A. as the Company’s independent auditors for the fiscal year ending December 31, 2021 (“Proposal Two”); and

3.
To transact other such business as may properly come before the Meeting or any adjournment thereof.
Adoption of Proposal One requires the affirmative vote of a plurality of the votes cast at the Meeting, either in person or by proxy. Adoption of Proposal Two requires the affirmative vote of a majority of the votes cast at the Meeting, either in person or by proxy.
If you virtually attend the Meeting, you may revoke your proxy and vote your shares in person.
WHETHER OR NOT YOU PLAN TO VIRTUALLY ATTEND THE MEETING, IT IS IMPORTANT THAT YOUR SHARES BE REPRESENTED AND VOTED AT THE MEETING. ACCORDINGLY, IF YOU HAVE ELECTED TO RECEIVE YOUR PROXY MATERIALS BY MAIL, PLEASE DATE, SIGN AND RETURN THE PROXY CARD TO BE MAILED TO YOU ON OR ABOUT JANUARY 15, 2021, WHICH DOES NOT REQUIRE POSTAGE IF MAILED IN THE UNITED STATES. ANY SIGNED PROXY RETURNED AND NOT COMPLETED WILL BE VOTED IN FAVOR OF ALL THE PROPOSALS PRESENTED IN THE PROXY STATEMENT. IF YOU RECEIVED YOUR PROXY MATERIALS OVER THE INTERNET, PLEASE VOTE BY INTERNET OR BY TELEPHONE IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE INSTRUCTIONS PROVIDED IN THE NOTICE OF INTERNET AVAILABILITY OF PROXY MATERIALS THAT YOU WILL RECEIVE IN THE MAIL. THE VOTE OF EVERY SHAREHOLDER IS IMPORTANT AND YOUR COOPERATION WILL BE APPRECIATED.
 
Very truly yours,
 
Andreas Michalopoulos
Chief Executive Officer
 


373 Syngrou Avenue, 175 64 Palaio Faliro, Athens, Greece
Tel: + (30) (216) 6002-400, Fax: + (30) (216) 6002-599
e-mail: ir@pshipping.comwww.pshipping.com


PERFORMANCE SHIPPING INC.
NOTICE OF ANNUAL MEETING OF SHAREHOLDERS
January 15, 2021
NOTICE IS HEREBY given that the Annual Meeting of the holders of shares of common stock (the “Shareholders”) of Performance Shipping Inc. (the “Company”) will be held on February 25, 2021 at 8:00 a.m. Eastern Standard Time (the “Meeting”). The Meeting will be conducted completely as a virtual meeting via the Internet at www.virtualshareholdermeeting.com/PSHG2021. The Meeting will be held for the following purposes, of which items 1 and 2 are more completely set forth in the accompanying Proxy Statement:

1.
To elect two Class II Directors to serve until the 2024 Annual Meeting of Shareholders;

2.
To approve the appointment of Ernst & Young (Hellas) Certified Auditors Accountants S.A. as the Company’s independent auditors for the fiscal year ending December 31, 2021; and

3.
To transact other such business as may properly come before the Meeting or any adjournment thereof.
The board of directors has fixed the close of business on January 6, 2021 as the record date for the determination of the Shareholders entitled to receive notice and to vote at the Meeting or any adjournment thereof.
IT IS IMPORTANT TO VOTE. WHETHER OR NOT YOU PLAN TO VIRTUALLY ATTEND THE MEETING, PLEASE COMPLETE, DATE, SIGN AND RETURN THE ENCLOSED PROXY IN THE ENCLOSED ENVELOPE, WHICH DOES NOT REQUIRE POSTAGE IF MAILED IN THE UNITED STATES. THE VOTE OF EVERY SHAREHOLDER IS IMPORTANT AND YOUR COOPERATION IN RETURNING YOUR EXECUTED PROXY PROMPTLY WILL BE APPRECIATED. ANY SIGNED PROXY RETURNED AND NOT COMPLETED WILL BE VOTED IN FAVOR OF ALL THE PROPOSALS PRESENTED IN THE PROXY STATEMENT.
Shareholders will need to provide the control number included in the Notice or on the proxy card in order to be able to participate in the Meeting. Shareholders may log into the virtual meeting platform beginning at 7:55 a.m. Eastern Standard Time, on February 25, 2021.
If you virtually attend the Meeting, you may revoke your proxy and vote in person.
 
BY ORDER OF THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS
 
 
Andreas Michalopoulos
Secretary

January 15, 2021
Athens, Greece


PERFORMANCE SHIPPING INC.
373 SYNGROU AVENUE
175 64 PALAIO FALIRO
ATHENS GREECE
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

PROXY STATEMENT FOR
ANNUAL MEETING OF SHAREHOLDERS
TO BE HELD ON FEBRUARY 25, 2021
 
 
 
 
 
 

INFORMATION CONCERNING SOLICITATION AND VOTING
GENERAL
The enclosed proxy is solicited on behalf of the board of directors (the “Board”) of Performance Shipping Inc., a Marshall Islands corporation (the “Company”), for use at the annual meeting of holders of shares of common stock of the Company (the “Shareholders”) to be held virtually on February 25, 2021 at 8:00 a.m. Eastern Standard Time, or at any adjournment or postponement thereof (the “Meeting”), for the purposes set forth herein and in the accompanying Notice of Annual Meeting of Shareholders. This Proxy Statement and the accompanying form of proxy are expected to be mailed to the Shareholders of the Company who are entitled to vote at the Meeting as of January 6, 2021.
VOTING RIGHTS AND OUTSTANDING SHARES
On January 6, 2021 (the “Record Date”), the Company had outstanding 5,082,726 shares of common stock, par value $0.01 per share (the “Common Shares”). Each Shareholder of record at the close of business on the Record Date is entitled to one (1) vote for each Common Share then held. One or more Shareholders representing at least one third of the total voting rights of the Company present in person or by proxy at the Meeting shall constitute a quorum for the purposes of the Meeting. The Common Shares represented by any proxy in the enclosed form will be voted in accordance with the instructions given on the proxy if the proxy is properly executed and is received by the Company prior to the close of voting at the Meeting or any adjournment or postponement thereof. Any proxies returned without instructions will be voted FOR the proposals set forth on the Notice of Annual Meeting of Shareholders.
The Common Shares are listed on the Nasdaq Capital Market (“Nasdaq”) under the symbol “PSHG.”
REVOCABILITY OF PROXIES
A Shareholder giving a proxy may revoke it at any time before it is exercised. A proxy may be revoked by filing with the Secretary of the Company at the Company’s corporate office, 373 Syngrou Avenue, 175 64 Palaio Faliro, Athens, Greece, a written notice of revocation by a duly executed proxy bearing a later date, or by attending the Meeting and voting in person.


PROPOSAL ONE
ELECTION OF DIRECTORS
The Company currently has seven directors divided into three classes. As provided in the Company’s Amended and Restated Articles of Incorporation, each director is elected to serve for a three-year term and until such director’s successor is elected and has qualified. Accordingly, the Board has nominated Aliki Paliou and Reidar Brekke, each a current Class II director, for re-election as directors whose term would expire at the Company’s 2024 annual meeting of shareholders.
Unless the proxy is marked to indicate that such authorization is expressly withheld, the persons named in the enclosed proxy intend to vote the shares authorized thereby FOR the election of the following two nominees. It is expected that each of these nominees will be able to serve, but if before the election it develops that any of the nominees is unavailable, the persons named in the accompanying proxy will vote for the election of such substitute nominee or nominees as the current Board may recommend.
Nominees for Election to the Company’s Board
Information concerning the nominees for directors of the Company is set forth below:
 
Name
Age
Position
 
Aliki Paliou
46
Class II Director
 
Reidar Brekke
60
Class II Director

Aliki Paliou has served as a Director since February 2020. She has also served as Director, Vice-President and Treasurer of Unitized Ocean Transport Limited since January 2020. From 2010 to 2015 she was employed as a Director and Treasurer of Alpha Sigma Shipping Corp. Ms. Paliou studied Theatre Studies at the University of Kent in Canterbury, UK and obtained an M.A. in Scenography at Central Saint Martins School of Art and Design in London, UK. In 2005 she graduated with honors from the Greek School of Fine Art in Athens, Greece. She is the daughter of Symeon Palios, our Chairman, and is married to Andreas Michalopoulos, our Chief Executive Officer, Director, Treasurer and Secretary.
Reidar Brekke has served as an independent Director since June 1, 2010. Mr. Brekke has been a principal, advisor and deal-maker in the international energy, container logistics and transportation sector for the last 20+ years. Mr. Brekke is currently Partner of Brightstar Capital Partners, a private equity firm focused on investing in closely held, middle-market companies.  From 2012–Sept 2018, he was President of Intermodal Holdings LP, a company investing in intermodal assets. In 2008 he started his own firm, Energy Capital Solutions Inc., (New York and Florida) providing strategic and financial advisory services to international shipping, logistics and energy related companies. From 2003–2008 he served as Manager of Poten Capital Services LLC, a registered broker-dealer specializing in the maritime sector. Prior to 2003, Mr. Brekke was C.F.O., then President and C.O.O., of SynchroNet Marine, a logistics service provider to the global container transportation industry. From 1994 to 2000, he held several senior positions with American Marine Advisors, including Fund Manager of American Shipping Fund I LLC, and C.F.O. of its broker dealer subsidiary. Prior to this, Mr. Brekke was an Advisor for the Norwegian Trade Commission in New York and Oslo, Norway, and a financial advisor in Norway. Mr. Brekke graduated from the New Mexico Military Institute in 1986 and in 1990 he obtained a MBA from the University of Nevada, Reno. He has been an adjunct professor at Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs–Center for Energy, Marine Transportation and Public Policy, and is currently on the board of directors of Scorpio Tankers Inc. (NYSE: STNG) and two privately-held companies involved in compact equipment sales and rentals and container rentals, sales and modifications.


Audit Committee. The Company’s Board has established an Audit Committee, composed of two independent members of its board of directors, who are responsible for reviewing the Company’s accounting controls, recommending to the board of directors the engagement of its external auditors and pre-approving audit and audit-related services and fees. As directed by its written charter, the Audit Committee is responsible for reviewing all related party transactions for potential conflicts of interest and all related party transactions are subject to the approval of the Audit Committee. Mr. Giannakis (John) Evangelou serves as Chairman of the Audit Committee and Mr. Antonios Karavias serves as a member. The Company believes that Mr. Evangelou qualifies as an “audit committee financial expert,” as such term is defined under Securities and Exchange Commission rules.
Corporate Governance Practices. As the Company is a foreign private issuer, it is exempt from the Nasdaq corporate governance rules, other than the requirements regarding the disclosure of a going concern audit opinion, submission of a listing agreement, notification to Nasdaq of non-compliance with Nasdaq corporate governance practices, and the establishment of an audit committee satisfying Nasdaq Listing Rule 5605(c)(3) and ensuring that such audit committee’s members meet the independence requirement of Listing Rule 5605(c)(2)(A)(ii).
Required Vote. Adoption of Proposal One requires the affirmative vote of a plurality of the votes cast at the Meeting, either in person (by participating through the virtual meeting website) or by proxy.
Effect of abstentions. Abstentions will not affect the vote on Proposal One.
THE BOARD UNANIMOUSLY RECOMMENDS A VOTE IN FAVOR OF THE PROPOSED DIRECTORS. UNLESS REVOKED AS PROVIDED ABOVE, PROXIES RECEIVED BY MANAGEMENT WILL BE VOTED IN FAVOR OF THE PROPOSED DIRECTORS UNLESS A CONTRARY VOTE IS SPECIFIED.


PROPOSAL TWO
APPROVAL OF APPOINTMENT OF
INDEPENDENT AUDITORS
The Board is submitting for approval at the Meeting the selection of Ernst & Young (Hellas) Certified Auditors Accountants S.A. as the Company’s independent auditors for the fiscal year ending December 31, 2021.
Ernst & Young (Hellas) Certified Auditors Accountants S.A. has advised the Company that the firm does not have any direct or indirect financial interest in the Company, nor has such firm had any such interest in connection with the Company during the past three fiscal years other than in its capacity as the Company’s independent auditors.
All services rendered by the independent auditors are subject to review by the Audit Committee.
Required Vote. Adoption of Proposal Two requires the affirmative vote of a majority of the votes cast at the Meeting, either in person (by participating through the virtual meeting website) or by proxy.
Effect of abstentions. Abstentions will not affect the vote on Proposal Two.
THE BOARD UNANIMOUSLY RECOMMENDS A VOTE FOR APPROVAL OF THE APPOINTMENT OF ERNST & YOUNG (HELLAS) CERTIFIED AUDITORS ACCOUNTANTS S.A. AS INDEPENDENT AUDITORS OF THE COMPANY FOR THE FISCAL YEAR ENDING DECEMBER 31, 2021. UNLESS REVOKED AS PROVIDED ABOVE, PROXIES RECEIVED BY MANAGEMENT WILL BE VOTED IN FAVOR OF SUCH APPROVAL UNLESS A CONTRARY VOTE IS SPECIFIED.


SOLICITATION
The cost of preparing and soliciting proxies will be borne by the Company. Solicitation will be made primarily by mail, but Shareholders may be solicited by telephone, e-mail, or personal contact.
OTHER MATTERS
No other matters are expected to be presented for action at the Meeting. Should any additional matter come before the Meeting, it is intended that proxies in the accompanying form will be voted in accordance with the judgment of the person or persons named in the proxy.
 
By Order of the Directors
 
 
Andreas Michalopoulos
Secretary

January 15, 2021
Athens, Greece


Exhibit 99.2