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Diana Shipping Inc. announces US$100 million senior unsecured bond offering

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Yesterday, Diana Shipping Inc., a global shipping company specialising in the ownership of dry bulk vessels, announced a US$100 million private placement of senior unsecured bonds maturing in September 2023 and callable beginning three years after issuance.

In addition, the company may also reportedly issue up to an additional US$25 million of the bonds on one or more occasions. The bond offering was priced with a US dollar fixed-rate coupon of 9.5%. Interest will be payable semi-annually in arrears in March and September of each year. The company will apply for listing of the bonds on the Oslo Stock Exchange. The offering is expected to close on 27 September 2018, subject to customary closing conditions.

The net proceeds from the bonds are to be used to redeem all of the company’s 8.5% senior notes due 2020 pursuant to the terms of such notes, in an aggregate principal amount of US$63.25 million, and to prepay other debt of the company or for general corporate purposes.

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