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 August 2023

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 (this “Report”) as Exhibit 99.1 is a copy of the press release of Performance Shipping Inc. (the “Company”) dated August 21, 2023 titled, “Performance Shipping Inc. Announces Completion of US$2 Million Share Buyback Plan and Initiates New US$2 Million Share Buyback Plan.”

The information contained in this Report on Form 6-K (excluding the statements attributed to the Company’s Chief Executive Officer) 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, the Company’s registration statement on Form F-3 (File No. 333-266946), filed with the SEC with an effective date of August 29, 2022, and the Company’s registration statement on Form F-3 (File No. 333-271398), filed with the SEC with an effective date of May 4, 2023.


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: August 22, 2023
 
   
 
/s/ Andreas Michalopoulos
 
By: Andreas Michalopoulos
 
Chief Executive Officer




Exhibit 99.1

 
Corporate Contact:
 
Andreas Michalopoulos
 
Chief Executive Officer, Director and Secretary
 
Telephone: +30-216-600-2400
 
Email: amichalopoulos@pshipping.com
 
Website: www.pshipping.com
For Immediate Release
 
Investor and Media Relations:
 
Edward Nebb
 
Comm-Counsellors, LLC
 
Telephone: + 1-203-972-8350
 
Email: enebb@optonline.net

PERFORMANCE SHIPPING INC. ANNOUNCES COMPLETION OF US$2 MILLION SHARE BUYBACK PLAN AND INITIATES NEW US$2 MILLION SHARE BUYBACK PLAN
 
ATHENS, GREECE, August 21, 2023 – Performance Shipping Inc. (NASDAQ: PSHG), (“we” or the “Company”), a global shipping company specializing in the ownership of tanker vessels, today announced the successful completion of the US$2 million share repurchase plan announced in April 2023 (the “April Plan”). Under this plan, the Company repurchased a total of 2,222,936 common shares for a total amount of approximately US$2 million.

Additionally, the Company announced that its Board of Directors has approved a new share repurchase plan (the “Plan”). Under the Plan, the Company may repurchase up to $2 million of its outstanding common shares, representing approximately 12.2% of its market capitalization based on 10,910,319 outstanding common shares and the share price as of the close of trading on Friday, August 18, 2023.
 
Andreas Michalopoulos, the Company’s Chief Executive Officer, stated:

“We are pleased to announce the completion of our initial share buyback program announced on April 4, 2023, which resulted in the reduction of our outstanding shares by 17.7%. We plan on further enhancing shareholder value by buying shares gradually and opportunistically with our renewed share buyback plan.”

About the Plan

The Company may repurchase common shares pursuant to Rule 10b-18 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, or pursuant to a trading plan adopted in accordance with Rule 10b5‐1 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934.

Any repurchases pursuant to the Plan will be made at management’s discretion at prices considered to be attractive and in the best interests of both the Company and its shareholders, subject to the availability of stock, general market conditions, the trading price of the stock, alternative uses for capital, applicable securities laws and the Company’s financial performance. The Plan may be suspended, terminated, or modified at any time for any reason, including market conditions, the cost of repurchasing shares, the availability of alternative investment opportunities, liquidity, and other factors deemed appropriate. These factors may also affect the timing and amount of share repurchases. The Plan does not obligate the Company to purchase any of its shares under the Plan. The Board of Directors’ authorization of the Plan is effective immediately and expires on August 31, 2024.


About the Company
 
Performance Shipping Inc. is a global provider of shipping transportation services through its ownership of tanker vessels. The Company employs its fleet on spot voyages, through pool arrangements and on time charters.
 
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, but are not limited to, statements regarding the proposed share repurchase plan and statements concerning plans, objectives, goals, strategies, future events or performance, and underlying assumptions and other statements, which are other than statements of historical facts, including with respect to the delivery of the vessel we have agreed to acquire.

The words “believe,” “anticipate,” “intends,” “estimate,” “forecast,” “project,” “plan,” “potential,” “will,” “may,” “should,” “expect,” “targets,” “likely,” “would,” “could,” “seeks,” “continue,” “possible,” “might,” “pending” and similar expressions, terms or phrases may 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, but are not limited to: the strength of world economies, fluctuations in currencies and interest rates, general market conditions, including fluctuations in charter rates and vessel values, changes in demand in the tanker shipping industry, changes in the supply of vessels, changes in worldwide oil production and consumption and storage, changes in our operating expenses, including bunker prices, crew costs, drydocking and insurance costs, our future operating or financial results, availability of financing and refinancing including with respect to vessels we agree to acquire, 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, the length and severity of epidemics and pandemics, including the ongoing outbreak of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) and its impact on the demand for seaborne transportation of petroleum and other types of products, 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 or events, including “trade wars”, armed conflicts including the war in Ukraine, the imposition of new international sanctions, acts by terrorists or acts of piracy on ocean-going vessels, potential disruption of shipping routes due to accidents, labor disputes or political events, vessel breakdowns and instances of off-hires and other important factors. Please see our filings with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission for a more complete discussion of these and other risks and uncertainties.




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