October 17, 2016 – Athens, Greece – Paragon Shipping Inc. (the “Company”) today announced the extension of its previously announced offer to exchange all properly delivered and accepted 8.375% senior notes due 2021 issued in $25.00 denominations with CUSIP number 69913R-507 (each a “Paragon Note” and collectively the “Paragon Notes”) for shares of common stock (the “Common Stock”) of Paragon (the “Exchange Offer”) to 5:00 p.m. (New York City time) on October 31, 2016 (the “Extended Expiration Date”). Unless there is another extension, settlement for all of the Paragon Notes validly delivered and not withdrawn on or before the Extended Expiration Date, whether made prior to or after this announcement, will be on November 3, 2016 (the “Settlement Date”). Deliveries of Paragon Notes, whether made prior to or after this announcement, may be withdrawn and consents delivered pursuant to the Consent Solicitation, as defined below, may be revoked at any time until the Extended Expiration Date.
Based on information provided by the depository for the Exchange Offer, as of 11:59 p.m. (New York City time) on Friday October 14, 2016, approximately 83,938 Notes or 11.2626% of the outstanding Paragon Notes had been delivered and not validly withdrawn from the Exchange Offer.
Each holder of a Paragon Note (each a “Holder” and collectively the “Holders”) who validly delivers and does not withdraw all Paragon Notes held by such Holder, shall receive ten (10) shares of Common Stock for each Paragon Note, which shall include any accrued and unpaid interest thereon. As part of the Exchange Offer, Holders will also be required to consent to the removal of certain covenants and sections of the Paragon Notes’ Indenture dated August 8, 2014 (the “Consent Solicitation” and together with the Exchange Offer, “Exchange Offer and Consent Solicitation”). Any Noteholder that validly delivered Paragon Notes by October 6, 2016 and has not withdrawn their Notes will receive an additional two (2) shares of Common Stock for each Paragon Note so that they have received a total of ten (10) shares of Common Stock for each Paragon Note validly delivered and not withdrawn, which shall include any accrued and unpaid interest thereon. Any Noteholder that validly delivered Paragon Notes after October 6, 2016 but before 11:59 P.M. New York City time on October 14, 2016 will receive an additional four (4) shares of Common Stock for each Paragon Note validly delivered and not withdrawn so that they will have received a total of ten (10) shares of Common Stock for each Paragon Note validly delivered and not withdrawn, which shall include any accrued and unpaid interest thereon.
Holders who deliver and do not withdraw their Paragon Notes in the Exchange Offer and the Consent Solicitation by the Extended Expiration Date will not be entitled to any future interest on such Paragon Notes or any accrued but unpaid interest as of November 3, 2016, regardless of when the Exchange Offer and the Consent Solicitation closes, and any subsequent interest that would otherwise have been earned on such Paragon Notes will be deemed paid in full upon receipt of the Common Stock in the Exchange Offer and the Consent Solicitation.
Paragon also waives the minimum exchange condition that at least 80% of the aggregate principal amount of all outstanding Paragon Notes be validly delivered for exchange and not withdrawn.
This press release is neither an offer to purchase nor a solicitation of an offer to sell or exchange securities. No offer, solicitation, purchase, sale or exchange will be made in any jurisdiction in which such offer, solicitation, sale or exchange would be unlawful. The Exchange Offer and Consent Solicitation is being made solely pursuant to the terms and conditions set forth in the applicable letter of transmittal.
Georgeson is acting as Information Agent for the Exchange Offer and Consent Solicitation and requests for letters of transmittal or questions regarding the Exchange Offer and the Consent Solicitation may be directed to Georgeson at the following telephone numbers: (866) 857-2624. Copies of the letter of transmittal relating to the Exchange Offer and the Consent Solicitation are also available on the Company’s website.
Certain statements in this press release are "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Act of 1995. These forward-looking statements are based on our current expectations and beliefs and are subject to a number of risk factors and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those described in the forward-looking statements. All statements other than statements of historical fact are statements that could be deemed forward-looking statements, including but not limited to any statements regarding the Exchange Offer and Consent Solicitation. Risks, uncertainties and assumptions include the possibility that expected benefits may not materialize as expected as well as other risks that have been included in filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, all of which are available at www.sec.gov.
About Paragon Shipping Inc.
Paragon Shipping is an international shipping company incorporated under the laws of the Republic of the Marshall Islands with executive offices in Athens, Greece, specializing in the transportation of drybulk cargoes. The Company's common shares trade on the OTC Markets’ OTCQB Venture Market under the symbol "PRGNF", and FINRA has designated its Senior Unsecured Notes as corporate bonds that are TRACE eligible under the symbol "PRGN4153414". For more information, visit: www.paragonship.com. The information contained on Paragon Shipping’s website does not constitute part of this press release.
Paragon Shipping Inc.
Michael Mason (Investors)