Diana Shipping, a global shipping company specializing in the ownership of dry bulk vessels, announced that it has agreed to refinance its existing loan facility with Diana Containerships, having an outstanding balance of US$42.6 million, with a loan facility of US$82.6 million, which reflects an additional loan amount to Diana Containerships of US$40.0 million.
The loan also has an additional US$5.0 million interest-bearing amount, which is classified as discount premium. The loan matures in eighteen (18) months and bears interest at the rate of 6% per annum for the first twelve (12) months, scaled to 9% for the next three (3) months, and further scaled to 12% for the remaining three (3) months of the loan. The loan facility includes financial and other covenants.
Diana Shipping Inc.’s Independent Director, Mr. Apostolos Kontoyannis, has commented that: “We are very pleased that the new facility is secured with better terms and conditions, especially after the full and final settlement that Diana Containerships Inc. successfully obtained with The Royal Bank of Scotland plc by repaying US$85.0 million for its outstanding loan amount of US$128.9 million.”