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04/18/2013Press Releases

SEANERGY MARITIME HOLDINGS CORP. REPORTS FINANCIAL RESULTS FOR THE FOURTH QUARTER AND YEAR ENDED DECEMBER 31, 2012

“Seanergy’s financial performance in 2012 was adversely affected by the prevailing low market rates. Our average daily Time Charter Equivalent (“TCE”) rate, for the year, was reduced almost in half to $7,465 per vessel per day. This is a direct result of our vessels now employed at significantly lower rates as we experience one of the lowest freight markets in the dry bulk industry over the last 15 years.

“In this challenging environment, we continue to work with our lenders and advisors to improve the balance sheet and place the Company in a position of strength and increased valuation. Through this process, we have made significant progress in the implementation of our restructuring plans. Since the beginning of 2012 and as of the date of this press release, we managed to reduce our indebtedness by 50% to $173.0 million through finalized agreements with three out of our five lenders. In particular, we sold a total of 13 vessels, including the ownership of Bulk Energy Transport (Holdings) Limited (“BET”) and four Handysize owning subsidiaries. In our continuing effort to improve the Company’s financial position, we remain in discussions with our two lenders in order to restructure our outstanding indebtedness.

“Regarding general market conditions, in the fourth quarter of 2012, we saw a slightly positive turn in economic activity, fuelled by renewed optimism about the Chinese economy, improved financial environment in the United States and relative calm in financial markets driven by the European Central Bank’s commitment to do everything within its mandate to maintain stability in the Eurozone. These developments notwithstanding, macroeconomic and financial conditions remain fragile, as demonstrated by the recent Cypriot banking crisis. However, against this uncertain economic backdrop, the industrial activity driving dry bulk shipping remains healthy and the main cause of low rates remains vessel oversupply.

“Prospects for dry bulk shipping appear to be improving. On the demand side we expect that the additional infrastructure investments recently approved by the Chinese government and the monetary easing taking place in Japan are likely to have a positive effect as the two countries have traditionally been the most important drivers of dry bulk demand. Furthermore, we are seeing a positive reversal from last year’s slump in grain trade volumes, while Indian demand for seaborne thermal coal is not expected to abate over the next year. On the supply side, the outstanding orderbook has shrunk considerably and the market is now in the process of absorbing excess vessel capacity. 2012 was arecord year for removal of older tonnage, as more than 33 million DWT were scrapped (a 45% increase as compared to 2011). We believe that adverse market conditions are likely to result in another strong year for demolition sales.”
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