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February 9, 2009

DryShips renegotiates another loan

DryShips Inc. (NasdaqGS:DRYS) says it has reached preliminary agreement with Nordea Bank Finland Plc to obtain a covenant waiver in connection with the $800 million prime lead facility that was used to partially finance the acquisition of Ocean Rig ASA.

DryShips will pay a restructuring fee of 0.15% on the outstanding loan amount under the facility plus an amount equal to 1.00% per annum on the loan outstanding for the period from January 9, 2009 until the effective date of the waiver agreement, $75 million of principal repayment due February 2009 will be postponed until May 2009, the margin on the facility will increase by 1.00% to 3.125% per annum; and regular principal payments will resume as of August 2009. Lender consent will be required for the acquisition of DrillShip Hulls 1837 and 1838, for new cash capital expenditures or commitments and for new acquisitions for cash until the loan has been repaid to below $375 million. The waiver agreement effective date will not exceed August 12, 2009, by when DryShips says it expects to be in compliance with the restructured loan covenants. The agreement is preliminary and is subject to formal approvals by DryShips and the syndicate banks (Nordea Bank Finland Plc, DnB NOR Bank ASA and HSH Nordbank AG).


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