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DryShips increases its secured revolving facility

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DryShips Inc., an international owner of dry bulk carriers and offshore support vessels, has entered into an agreement to increase its secured revolving facility (Revolver) provided by an entity controlled by the company's Chairman and CEO George Economou.

The Revolver was amended to increase the maximum available amount by $10 million to $70 million, to give DryShips an option to extend the maturity of the facility by 12 months to 21 October 2019 and to cancel the option of the lender to convert the outstanding loan to DryShips common stock.

As part of the transaction the company has also entered into a Preferred Stock Exchange Agreement to exchange the 4 000 000 (100 000 000 pre-split) Series B Preferred Shares held by the lender for $8.75 million.

Following this transaction, the outstanding balance under the Revolver stands at $28.75 million and the total number of issued and outstanding shares of common stock amount to 26 881 846 with no other class of stock outstanding.

The independent members of the Company Board of Directors approved the transaction on the basis of a fairness opinion.

Ziad Nakhleh, Chief Financial Officer of DryShips, commented: "We are pleased to have reached this agreement to increase and extend our Revolver, which will provide greater financial flexibility for the company and remove the overhang on our share price the lender's option to convert to shares of our common stock had created."

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