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Update on Restricted Period of the Songa Consideration Shares

ATHENS, Greece, Jan. 18, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Star Bulk Carriers Corp. (the "Company" or "Star Bulk") (NASDAQ: SBLK, OSE: SBLK R). Reference is made to earlier announcements from the Company in connection with the secondary listing of the Companya??s shares on Oslo BA,rs.On 6 July 2018, the Company acquired all of Songa Bulk ASAa??s vessels against a consideration of 13,725,000 common shares of Star Bulk (the "Consideration Shares") and USD 144.55 million in cash. The Consideration Shares were issued in VPS subject to a restriction from trading in the U.S., including through the Nasdaq Global Select Market, for a period of six months (the a??Restricted Perioda??) following the distribution of the Consideration Shares to the shareholders of Songa Bulk ASA unless such shares were sold pursuant to a transaction exempt from, or not subject to, registration under the Securities Act of 1933, as amended.The Company is in the final process of having the restriction removed from the VPS, and anticipates that the Restricted Period will be ended on or about 23 January 2019, following which investors may execute transfers between the DTCC, the CSD in USA and VPS, the CSD in Norway as of and from the same date.About Star BulkStar Bulk is a global shipping company providing worldwide seaborne transportation solutions in the dry bulk sector. Star Bulka??s vessels transport major bulks, which include iron ore, coal and grain, and minor bulks, which include bauxite, fertilizers and steel products. Star Bulk was incorporated in the Marshall Islands on December 13, 2006 and maintains executive offices in Athens, Greece. Its common stock trades on the Nasdaq Global Select Market under the symbol a??SBLKa?? and on the Oslo Stock Exchange under the ticker a??SBLK Ra??. On a fully delivered basis, Star Bulk will have a fleet of 111 vessels, with an aggregate capacity of 12.67 million dwt, consisting of 17 Newcastlemax, 20 Capesize, 2 Mini Capesize, 7 Post Panamax, 35 Kamsarmax, 2 Panamax, 17 Ultramax and 11 Supramax vessels with carrying capacities between 52,055 dwt and 209,537 dwt. The Company holds call options and has sold respective put options on 4 Capesize vessels, with exercise dates in early April 2019.Forward-Looking StatementsMatters 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 statements concerning plans, objectives, goals, strategies, future events or performance, and underlying assumptions and other statements, which are other than statements of historical facts.The Company desires to take advantage of the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 and is including this cautionary statement in connection with this safe harbor legislation. The words a??believe,a?? a??anticipate,a?? a??intends,a?? a??estimate,a?? a??forecast,a?? a??project,a?? a??plan,a?? a??potential,a?? a??may,a?? a??should,a?? a??expect,a?? a??pendinga?? and similar expressions 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, examination by the Companya??s management of historical operating trends, data contained in its records and other data available from third parties. Although the Company believes 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 the Companya??s control, the Company cannot assure you that it will achieve or accomplish these expectations, beliefs or projections.In addition to these important factors, other important factors that, in the Companya??s view, could cause actual results to differ materially from those discussed in the forward-looking statements include general dry bulk shipping market conditions, including fluctuations in charterhire rates and vessel values; the strength of world economies; the stability of Europe and the Euro; fluctuations in interest rates and foreign exchange rates; changes in demand in the dry bulk shipping industry, including the market for our vessels; changes in our operating expenses, including bunker prices, dry docking and insurance costs; 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; potential disruption of shipping routes due to accidents or political events; the availability of financing and refinancing; our ability to meet requirements for additional capital and financing to complete our newbuilding program and grow our business; the impact of the level of our indebtedness and the restrictions in our debt agreements; vessel breakdowns and instances of offa??hire; risks associated with vessel construction; potential exposure or loss from investment in derivative instruments; potential conflicts of interest involving our Chief Executive Officer, his family and other members of our senior management and our ability to complete acquisition transactions as planned. Please see our filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission for a more complete discussion of these and other risks and uncertainties. The information set forth herein speaks only as of the date hereof, and the Company disclaims any intention or obligation to update any forwarda??looking statements as a result of developments occurring after the date of this communication.ContactsCompany:
Simos Spyrou, Christos Begleris
Co a?? Chief Financial Officers
Star Bulk Carriers Corp.
c/o Star Bulk Management Inc.
40 Ag. Konstantinou Av.
Maroussi 15124
Athens, Greece
Email: info@starbulk.com
www.starbulk.comInvestor Relations / Financial Media:
Nicolas Bornozis
President
Capital Link, Inc.
230 Park Avenue, Suite 1536
New York, NY 10169
Tel. (212) 661a??7566
Ea??mail:starbulk@capitallink.com
www.capitallink.com
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