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Star Bulk Carriers Corp. Reports Financial Results for the Second Quarter and First Half of 2017

ATHENS, GREECE -- (Marketwired) -- 08/08/17 -- Star Bulk Carriers Corp. (the "Company" or "Star Bulk") (NASDAQ: SBLK), a global shipping company focusing on the transportation of dry bulk cargoes, today announced its unaudited financial and operating results for the second quarter and the first half of 2017.

Financial Highlights

(Expressed in thousands of U.S.
 dollars, except for daily rates and
 per share data)

                                                            Six       Six
                                                           months    months
                                       Second    Second    ended     ended
                                      quarter   quarter   June 30,  June 30,
                                        2017      2016      2017      2016
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Voyage Revenues                        $78,605   $52,605  $143,471   $98,862
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Net income/(loss)                    ($10,279) ($32,908) ($26,229) ($81,696)
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EBITDA (1)                             $22,665    ($521)   $37,039 ($14,610)
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Adjusted EBITDA (1)                    $25,731    $1,630   $43,806  ($5,679)
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Adjusted Net income / (loss) (2)      ($7,643) ($30,196) ($20,515) ($68,491)
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Earnings / (loss) per share basic and
 diluted                               ($0.16)   ($0.75)   ($0.42)   ($1.86)
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Adjusted earnings / (loss) per share
 basic and diluted (2)                 ($0.12)   ($0.69)   ($0.33)   ($1.56)
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Average Number of Vessels                 69.5      70.0      68.4      70.9
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Daily Time Charter Equivalent Rate
 ("TCE") (3)                            $9,746    $5,609    $8,977    $4,971
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Fleet utilization                        99.1%     96.4%     99.1%     95.1%
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Average daily OPEX per vessel
 (excluding pre-delivery expenses)      $3,880    $3,796    $3,914    $3,692
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Average daily Net Cash G&A expenses
 per vessel (4) (excluding one-time
 expenses)                              $1,117    $1,153    $1,125    $1,128
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(1) EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA are non-GAAP measures. Please see the table
    at the back of this release for a reconciliation of EBITDA and Adjusted
    EBITDA to Net Cash Provided by / (Used in) Operating Activities, which
    is the most directly comparable financial measure calculated and
    presented in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles in
    the United States ("U.S. GAAP"). To derive Adjusted EBITDA from EBITDA,
    we exclude non-cash gains / (losses), and non-recurring items.

(2) Adjusted Net income / (loss) and Adjusted earnings / (loss) per share
    basic and diluted are non-GAAP measures. Please see the table at the
    back of this release for a reconciliation to Net income / (loss), which
    is the most directly comparable financial measure calculated and
    presented in accordance with U.S. GAAP.

(3) Daily Time Charter Equivalent Rate ("TCE") is a non-GAAP measure. Please
    see the table at the back of this release for a reconciliation to Voyage
    Revenues, which is the most directly comparable financial measure
    calculated and presented in accordance with U.S. GAAP.

(4) Average daily Net Cash G&A expenses per vessel is calculated by (1)
    deducting the Management fee Income from, and (2) adding the Management
    fee expense to, the General and Administrative expenses (net of stock
    based compensation expense) and (3) then dividing with the ownership
    days.

Petros Pappas, Chief Executive Officer of Star Bulk, commented:

"Star Bulk announced today its second quarter 2017 financial results, reporting $62.0 million in Net TCE Revenues, $14.2 million in operating cash flow and $11.5 million in free cash flow, contributing to our $245 million liquidity position.

Our average TCE per vessel was $9,746/day, while our average utilization was 99.1%. Given our Q2 2017 average OPEX and net cash G&A expenses per vessel, of $3,880/day and $1,117/day respectively, we have an Adjusted EBITDA of $25.7 million, compared to an Adjusted EBITDA figure of $1.6 million in Q2 2016. This marks the fifth consecutive increase in our quarterly Adjusted EBITDA since the first quarter of 2016 when the dry bulk market troughed.

We remain committed to exceeding our customers' expectations through our high quality and safety standards, as evidenced by our continued presence among the top 5 dry bulk operators in Rightship vessel condition ratings.

We are pleased to announce that in July we have taken delivery of the M/V Diva, a 2011 built Supramax vessel, which was acquired at an attractive price in June of 2017.

On the financing front, we have drawn down the full facility amount to partially finance the acquisition of the 2 modern Kamsarmaxes acquired in early March of 2017, which along with the successful refinancing in full of one of our bank facilities, demonstrates the solid support from the company's lenders and enhances our financial flexibility going forward."

Recent Developments

Vessel deliveries
On July 24th, 2017, we took delivery of M/V Diva, a Supramax vessel with carrying capacity of 56,582 deadweight tons, built at Jiangsu Hantong Ship Heavy Industry co Ltd China in 2011.

Financing Activities

--  On June 23rd, 2017, we executed a new loan agreement with ABN AMRO Bank
    N.V. for $30.8 million, available in two tranches, as follows:
    i.  Tranche A of $16.0 million, which was drawn down on June 27th, 2017,
        to partially finance the acquisition of two 2013-built Kamsarmax
        vessels, Star Charis and Star Suzanna, which were acquired earlier
        this year.
    ii. Tranche B of $14.8 million, which was drawn down on July 7th, 2017,
        to refinance all of the outstanding debt under the Heron Vessel CiT
        Facility (as defined in our annual report). Tranche B is secured by
        Star Angelina and Star Gwyneth.

The two tranches mature in June and July 2022, respectively.

  • On August 8th, 2017, we paid an amount of $3.6 million to all parties under our Restructuring Agreements (as defined in our annual report), representing the 20% of the equity used for the acquisition of Star Charis, Star Suzanna and Diva.

Employment update
During the second quarter and until August 2017 we concluded the following medium to long term charter arrangements:

  • Star Renee, a 82,221 dwt Kamsarmax vessel at a gross rate of $10,000/day for a period of approximately 4 to 7 months, commencing from May 2017.

  • Star Helena, a 82,187 dwt Kamsarmax vessel at a gross rate of $10,800/day for a period of approximately 7 to 10 months, commencing from August 2017.

  • Star Emily, a 76,417 dwt Panamax vessel at a gross rate of $9,000/day for a period of approximately 5 to 8 months, commencing from July 2017.

  • Kaley, a 63,283 dwt Ultramax vessel, at a gross rate of $12,000/day for a period of approximately 3 to 5 months, commencing from June 2017.

  • Mackenzie, a 63,266 dwt Ultramax vessel, at a gross rate of $10,100/day for a period of approximately 6 to 8 months, commencing from July 2017.

  • Wolverine, a 61,292 dwt Ultramax vessel at a gross rate of $10,600/day for a period of approximately 8 to 11 months, commencing from August 2017.

  • Star Gamma, a 53,098 dwt Supramax vessel at a gross rate of $9,800/day for a period of approximately 3 to 5 months, commencing from July 2017.

  • Strange Attractor, a 55,742 dwt Supramax vessel, at a gross rate of $9,700/day for a period of approximately 7 to 9 months, commencing from July 2017.

Existing On the Water Fleet (As of August 8, 2017)

Capacity                Date Delivered to
   Vessel Name       Vessel Type   (dwt.)     Year Built           Star Bulk
 1 Goliath           Newcastlemax    209,537         2015            July-15
 2 Gargantua         Newcastlemax    209,529         2015           April-15
 3 Star Poseidon     Newcastlemax    209,475         2016        February-16
 4 Maharaj           Newcastlemax    209,472         2016            July-15
 5 Star Ariadne (1)  Newcastlemax    207,812         2017           March-17
 6 Star Virgo (1)    Newcastlemax    207,810         2017           March-17
 7 Star Libra (1)    Newcastlemax    207,765         2016            June-16
 8 Star Marisa (1)   Newcastlemax    207,709         2016           March-16
 9 Leviathan         Capesize        182,511         2014       September-14
10 Peloreus          Capesize        182,496         2014            July-14
11 Star Martha       Capesize        180,274         2010         October-14
12 Star Pauline      Capesize        180,274         2008        December-14
13 Pantagruel        Capesize        180,181         2004            July-14
14 Star Borealis     Capesize        179,678         2011       September-11
15 Star Polaris      Capesize        179,600         2011        November-11
16 Star Angie        Capesize        177,931         2007         October-14
17 Big Fish          Capesize        177,662         2004            July-14
18 Kymopolia         Capesize        176,990         2006            July-14
19 Big Bang          Capesize        174,109         2007            July-14
20 Star Aurora       Capesize        171,199         2000       September-10
21 Amami             Post Panamax     98,681         2011            July-14
22 Madredeus         Post Panamax     98,681         2011            July-14
23 Star Sirius       Post Panamax     98,681         2011           March-14
24 Star Vega         Post Panamax     98,681         2011        February-14
25 Star Angelina     Kamsarmax        82,981         2006        December-14
26 Star Gwyneth      Kamsarmax        82,790         2006        December-14
27 Star Kamila       Kamsarmax        82,769         2005       September-14
28 Pendulum          Kamsarmax        82,619         2006            July-14
29 Star Maria        Kamsarmax        82,598         2007        November-14
30 Star Markella     Kamsarmax        82,594         2007       September-14
31 Star Danai        Kamsarmax        82,574         2006         October-14
32 Star Georgia      Kamsarmax        82,298         2006         October-14
33 Star Sophia       Kamsarmax        82,269         2007         October-14
34 Star Mariella     Kamsarmax        82,266         2006       September-14
35 Star Moira        Kamsarmax        82,257         2006        November-14
36 Star Nina         Kamsarmax        82,224         2006         January-15
37 Star Renee        Kamsarmax        82,221         2006        December-14
38 Star Nasia        Kamsarmax        82,220         2006          August-14
39 Star Laura        Kamsarmax        82,209         2006        December-14
40 Star Jennifer     Kamsarmax        82,209         2006           April-15
41 Star Helena       Kamsarmax        82,187         2006        December-14
42 Star Charis       Kamsarmax        81,711         2013           March-17
43 Star Suzanna      Kamsarmax        81,711         2013             May-17
44 Mercurial Virgo   Kamsarmax        81,545         2013            July-14
45 Star Iris         Panamax          76,466         2004       September-14
46 Star Emily        Panamax          76,417         2004       September-14
47 Star Vanessa      Panamax          72,493         1999        November-14
48 Idee Fixe (1)     Ultramax         63,458         2015           March-15
49 Roberta (1)       Ultramax         63,426         2015           March-15
50 Laura (1)         Ultramax         63,399         2015           April-15
51 Kaley (1)         Ultramax         63,283         2015            June-15
52 Kennadi           Ultramax         63,262         2016         January-16
53 Mackenzie         Ultramax         63,226         2016           March-16
54 Star Challenger   Ultramax         61,462         2012        December-13
55 Star Fighter      Ultramax         61,455         2013        December-13
56 Star Lutas        Ultramax         61,347         2016         January-16
57 Honey Badger      Ultramax         61,320         2015        February-15
58 Wolverine         Ultramax         61,292         2015        February-15
59 Star Antares      Ultramax         61,258         2015         October-15
60 Star Acquarius    Ultramax         60,916         2015            July-15
61 Star Pisces       Ultramax         60,916         2015          August-15
62 Diva              Supramax         56,582         2011            July-17
63 Strange Attractor Supramax         55,742         2006            July-14
64 Star Omicron      Supramax         53,489         2005           April-08
65 Star Gamma        Supramax         53,098         2002         January-08
66 Star Zeta         Supramax         52,994         2003         January-08
67 Star Delta        Supramax         52,434         2000         January-08
68 Star Theta        Supramax         52,425         2003        December-07
69 Star Epsilon      Supramax         52,402         2001        December-07
70 Star Cosmo        Supramax         52,247         2005            July-08
71 Star Kappa        Supramax         52,055         2001        December-07
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                     Total dwt:    7,481,854
                                   =========

(1) Subject to a bareboat charter accounted for as a capital lease.

Chartered-In Vessel (As of August 8, 2017)

Vessel Name    Type     Capacity (dwt.)  Year Built Expected Redelivery Date
Astakos      Supramax        58,722         2012         September 2017
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            Total dwt:       58,722
                        ===============

Newbuilding Vessels (As of August 8, 2017)

Newbuilding Vessels
                                      Capacity             Expected Delivery
  Vessel Name            Vessel Type   (dwt.)   Shipyard                Date

1 HN 1342 (tbn Star
  Eleni)                 Newcastlemax  208,000  SWS, China            Oct-17
2 HN 1361 (tbn Star
  Magnanimus) (1)        Newcastlemax  208,000  SWS, China            Jan-18
3 HN 1343 (tbn Star Leo) Newcastlemax  208,000  SWS, China            Jan-18
                                      --------
                         Total dwt:    624,000
                                      ========

(1) Subject to a bareboat charter that will be accounted for as a capital lease.

Second Quarter 2017 and 2016 Results (*)

(*) Amounts relating to variations in period - on - period comparisons shown in this section are derived from the actual numbers in our books and records.

For the second quarter of 2017, total net voyage revenues were $62.0 million, compared to $34.9 million for the second quarter of 2016. This increase was primarily driven by the increase in charterhire rates during the second quarter of 2017, which led to a TCE rate of $9,746 compared to a TCE rate of $5,609 for the second quarter of 2016, representing a 74% increase, while the average number of vessels in our fleet during the second quarter of 2017 of 69.5 was slightly lower compared to 70.0 during the second quarter of 2016. We refer you to footnote 7 under the heading "Summary of Selected Data" set forth below for information regarding our calculation of TCE rates.

For the second quarter of 2017, operating income was $2.0 million, which includes depreciation of $20.7 million. Operating loss of $20.9 million for the second quarter of 2016 includes depreciation of $20.3 million, a non-cash impairment loss of $0.3 million and a net loss on sale of vessels of $0.2 million.

Net loss for the second quarter of 2017 was $10.3 million, or $0.16 loss per share, basic and diluted, calculated based on 63,336,657 weighted average basic and diluted shares. Net loss for the second quarter of 2016 was $32.9 million, or $0.75 loss per share, basic and diluted, calculated based on 43,938,755 weighted average basic and diluted shares.

Net loss for the second quarter of 2017, mainly included the following non-cash items, other than depreciation expense:

  • Stock based compensation expense of $3.7 million, or $0.06 per share, basic and diluted, recognized in connection with common shares granted to our directors and employees;
  • Unrealized gain on forward freight agreements of $0.7 million, or $0.01 per share, basic and diluted; and
  • Unrealized gain on interest rate swaps of $0.4 million or $0.006 per share, basic and diluted.

Net loss for the second quarter of 2016, mainly included the following non-cash items, other than depreciation expense:

  • Stock based compensation expense of $1.7 million, or $0.04 per share, basic and diluted, recognized in connection with common shares granted to our directors and employees;
  • Impairment loss of $0.3 million, or $0.01 per share, basic and diluted, mainly relating to the write-off of capitalized items for two newbuilding vessel contracts cancelled during the first quarter 2016; and
  • Write-off of unamortized deferred finance charges of $0.6 million or $0.01 per share, basic and diluted relating to: (i) the mandatory prepayment of outstanding debt due to the sale of the corresponding mortgaged vessel and (ii) the cancellation of a loan commitment resulting from the sale of one newbuilding vessel upon its delivery from the shipyard.

Adjusted net loss for the second quarter of 2017, which excludes all non-cash items other than depreciation expense, was $7.6 million, or $0.12 loss per share, basic and diluted, compared to $30.2 million, or $0.69 loss per share, basic and diluted for the second quarter of 2016. A reconciliation of Net income / (loss) to Adjusted Net income/ (loss) and Adjusted earnings / (loss) per share basic and diluted is set forth below in the financial tables contained in this release.

Adjusted EBITDA for the second quarter of 2017 and 2016, which excludes all non-cash items, was $25.7 million and $1.6 million, respectively. A reconciliation of EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA to net cash provided by/(used in) operating activities is set forth below in the financial tables contained in this release.

For the second quarter of 2017 and 2016, vessel operating expenses were $25.1 million and $24.5 million, respectively. Vessel operating expenses for the respective quarters include one-time pre-delivery and pre-joining expenses of $0.6 million and $0.3 million, respectively, which we incurred in connection with the delivery of new vessels to our fleet during each period. Excluding these expenses, our average daily operating expenses per vessel for the second quarter of 2017 and 2016 was $3,880 and $3,796, respectively.

Dry docking expenses for the second quarter of 2017 and 2016 were $1.9 million and $0.7 million, respectively. During the second quarter of 2017, three vessels underwent their periodic dry docking surveys, one of which had started during the first quarter of 2017. During the second quarter of 2016, only one vessel underwent its periodic dry docking survey.

General and administrative expenses for the second quarter of 2017 and 2016 were $9.3 million and $7.1 million, respectively. These expenses for the second quarter of 2017 include stock based compensation expense of $3.7 million and legal fees of $0.4 million incurred in connection with the restructuring of our indebtedness. During the same quarter of 2016, general and administrative expenses included stock based compensation expense of $1.7 million. Excluding the above mentioned expenses, our average daily net cash general and administrative expenses per vessel (including all management fees) for the second quarter of 2017 and 2016 was $1,117 and $1,153, respectively, representing a decrease of 3%.

Interest and finance costs for the second quarter of 2017 and 2016 were $12.6 million and $10.2 million, respectively. The increase is attributable to: (i) the increase in LIBOR between the corresponding periods, (ii) the increase in the weighted average balance of our outstanding indebtedness to $1,038.4 million during the second quarter of 2017 compared to $959.9 million for the same period in 2016, and (iii) the decrease of interest capitalized from general debt in connection with the payments made for our newbuilding vessels to $0.6 million from $0.9 million, respectively, which is recognized as credit in the interest and finance costs.

During the second quarter of 2017 and 2016, we recorded a loss on derivative financial instruments of $0.1 million and $1.1 million, respectively, in connection with our interest rate swaps that did not qualify for hedge accounting. The decrease in the aforementioned loss is attributable to the increased LIBOR.

First Half 2017 and 2016 Results (*)

(*) Amounts relating to variations in period - on - period comparisons shown in this section are derived from the actual numbers in our books and records.

For the first half of 2017, total net voyage revenues were $111.8 million, compared to $61.6 million for the first half of 2016. The increase in net voyage revenues was driven by the increase in charter hire rates during the corresponding periods. This increase led to a TCE rate of $8,977 for the first half of 2017, compared to a TCE rate of $4,971 for same period in 2016, representing an 81% increase. We refer you to footnote 7 under the heading "Summary of Selected Data" set forth below for information regarding our calculation of TCE rates.

For the first half of 2017, operating loss was $3.3 million, which includes depreciation of $40.4 million and a net loss on sale of vessels of $0.4 million. Operating loss of $55.7 million for the first half of 2016 includes depreciation of $40.8 million and a non-cash impairment loss of $6.7 million.

Net loss for the first half of 2017 was $26.2 million, or $0.42 loss per share, basic and diluted, calculated based on 62,188,645 weighted average basic and diluted shares. Net loss for the first half of 2016 was $81.7 million, or $1.86 loss per share, basic and diluted, calculated based on 43,880,713 weighted average basic and diluted shares.

Net loss for the first half of 2017, mainly included the following non-cash items, other than depreciation expense:

  • Stock based compensation expense of $6.4 million, or $0.10 per share, basic and diluted, recognized in connection with common shares granted to our directors and employees;
  • Loss on sale of vessel of $0.4 million, or $0.01 per share, basic and diluted, in connection with the sale of Star Eleonora in March 2017;
  • Unrealized gain on interest rate swaps of $1.4 million or $0.02 per share, basic and diluted; and
  • Write-off of unamortized deferred finance charges of $0.4 million or $0.01 per share, basic and diluted, in connection with the cancellation of a previous loan commitment.

Net loss for the first half of 2016, mainly included the following non-cash items, other than depreciation expense:

  • Stock based compensation expense of $2.3 million, or $0.05 per share, basic and diluted, recognized in connection with common shares granted to our directors and employees;
  • Impairment loss of $6.7 million, or $0.15 per share, basic and diluted, relating to (i) the sale of an operating vessel (Star Michele) and (ii) the write-off of capitalized items for two newbuilding vessel contracts cancelled during the first quarter 2016;
  • Unrealized loss on interest rate swaps of $2.3 million or $0.05 per share, basic and diluted; and
  • Write-off of unamortized deferred finance charges of $1.8 million or $0.04 per share, basic and diluted, in connection with: (i) the mandatory prepayment of outstanding amounts under several loans due to the sale of the corresponding mortgaged vessels and (ii) the cancellation of certain loan commitments resulting from (a) the sale of certain newbuilding vessels upon their delivery from the shipyards and (b) the termination of two newbuilding contracts.

Adjusted net loss for the first half of 2017, which excludes all non-cash items, other than depreciation expense, amounted to $20.5 million, or $0.33 loss per share, basic and diluted, compared to $68.5 million, or $1.56 loss per share, basic and diluted, for the first half of 2016. A reconciliation of Net income / (loss) to Adjusted Net income/ (loss) and Adjusted earnings / (loss) per share basic and diluted is set forth below in the financial tables contained in this release.

Adjusted EBITDA for the first half of 2017 and 2016, which excludes all non-cash items was $43.8 million and $(5.7) million, respectively. A reconciliation of EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA to net cash provided by/(used in) operating activities is set forth below in the financial tables contained in this release.

For the first half of 2017 and 2016, vessel operating expenses totalled $49.6 million and $49.4 million, respectively. Vessel operating expenses for the respective periods include one-time pre-delivery and pre-joining expenses of $1.1 million and $1.7 million, respectively, which we incurred in connection with the delivery of the new vessels in our fleet during each period. Excluding these amounts, our average daily operating expenses per vessel for the first half of 2017 and 2016 were $3,914 and $3,692, respectively.

Dry docking expenses for the first half of 2017 and 2016 were $3.2 million and $1.6 million, respectively. During the first half of 2017, four vessels underwent their periodic dry docking surveys, three of which were completed during this period. During the first half of 2016, three vessels completed their respective dry docking surveys, two of which started in December 2015.

General and administrative expenses for the first half of 2017 and 2016 were $17.3 million and $13.3 million, respectively. These expenses for the first half of 2017 include stock based compensation expense of $6.4 million and legal fees of $0.7 million, incurred in connection with the restructuring of our indebtedness. During the first half of 2016, general and administrative expenses included stock based compensation expense of $2.3 million and professional advisory services of $0.3 million that were not part of our ordinary course of business. Excluding the above mentioned stock based compensation expense and one-time expenses, our average daily net cash general and administrative expenses per vessel (including all management fees) for the first half of 2017 and 2016, remained constant at $1,125 and $1,128, respectively.

During the first half of 2017, we recognized other operational gain of $2.5 million mainly resulting from the settlement proceeds of a commercial dispute.

Interest and finance costs for the first half of 2017 and 2016 were $23.8 million and $19.7 million, respectively. The increase is attributable to: (i) the increase in LIBOR between the corresponding periods, (ii) the increase in the weighted average balance of our outstanding indebtedness to $1,007.5 million during the first half of 2017 compared to $985.0 million for the same period in 2016, and (iii) the decrease of interest capitalized from general debt in connection with the payments made for our newbuilding vessels to $1.3 million from $2.6 million, respectively, which is recognized as credit in the interest and finance costs.

During the first half of 2017, we recorded a gain on derivative financial instruments of $0.1 million, while during the first half of 2016 we recorded a loss on derivative financial instruments of $4.7 million in connection with our interest rate swaps that did not qualify for hedge accounting. The reversal of the aforementioned loss is attributable to the increased LIBOR.

Liquidity and Capital Resources

Cash Flows
Net cash provided by operating activities for the first half of 2017 was $20.3 million whereas net cash used in operating activities for the first half of 2016 was $36.0 million.

The positive change is due to: (i) the general positive growth across the majority of our operational metrics as described above, which is reflected in the positive Adjusted EBITDA of $43.8 million for the first half of 2017 compared to negative Adjusted EBITDA of $5.7 million for the corresponding period in 2016, and (ii) a working capital outflow of $1.5 million during the first half of 2017 compared to $9.6 million working capital outflow for the first half of 2016. The increase was partially offset by higher interest expense for the first half of 2017 compared to the first half of 2016.

Net cash used in investing activities for the first half of 2017 and 2016 was $115.8 million and $24.6 million, respectively.

For the first half of 2017, net cash used in investing activities consisted of:

  • $116.7 million paid for advances and other capitalized expenses for our newbuilding and newly delivered vessels; and

  • a net increase of $6.8 million in restricted cash, as required under our loan agreements and sale proceeds received and held for the loan prepayment of the sold vessel;

offset partially by:

  • $7.7 million of proceeds from the sale of Star Eleonora.

For the first half of 2016, net cash used in investing activities consisted of:

  • $388.7 million paid for advances and other capitalized expenses for our newbuilding and newly delivered vessels;

offset partially by:

  • $142.6 million of proceeds from the sale of vessels;

  • $220.3 million of proceeds from the sale of certain newbuilding vessels, which were sold upon their delivery from the shipyard;

  • $1.1 million of hull and machinery insurance proceeds; and

  • a net decrease of $0.1 million in restricted cash required under our loan agreements.

Net cash provided by financing activities for the first half of 2017 was $140.6 million, whereas net cash used in financing activities for the first half of 2016 was $7.0 million, respectively.

For the first half of 2017, net cash provided by financing activities consisted of:

  • $79.9 million increase in capital lease obligations, relating to two delivered newbuilding vessels, under bareboat charters;

  • $16.0 million of proceeds drawn under the loan facility for the financing of Star Charis and Star Suzanna, which were delivered during the period; and

  • $50.6 million of proceeds from a private placement of our common shares, which was completed in February 2017, which is net of aggregate private placement agent's fees and expenses of $0.9 million;

offset partially by:

  • $5.2 million paid in aggregate in connection with the capital lease installments and the partial prepayment of a loan facility due to the sale of Star Eleonora; and

  • $0.7 million of financing fees, paid in connection with the restructuring of our indebtedness.

For the first half of 2016, net cash used in financing activities consisted of:

  • $158.7 million paid in aggregate in connection with the regular amortization of outstanding vessel financings, capital lease installments and mandatory prepayment of several loan facilities due to the sale of corresponding mortgaged vessels;

offset partially by:

  • an aggregate of $65.4 million proceeds from loan facilities for the financing of delivery installments for four of our newbuilding vessels delivered during this period; and

  • $86.4 million increase in capital lease obligations, relating to two delivered newbuilding vessels under bareboat charters.

Summary of Selected Data

(TCE rates expressed in U.S. dollars)
                                             Second quarter   Second quarter
                                                       2017             2016
                                           ---------------- ----------------
Average number of vessels (1)                          69.5             70.0
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Number of vessels (2)                                    70               70
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Average age of operational fleet (in years)
 (3)                                                    7.8              7.5
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Ownership days (4)                                    6,326            6,368
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Available days (5)                                    6,357            6,227
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Fleet utilization (6)                                 99.1%            96.4%
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Daily Time Charter Equivalent Rate (7)               $9,746           $5,609
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Average daily OPEX per vessel (8)                    $3,975           $3,841
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Average daily OPEX per vessel (excl. pre-
 delivery expenses)                                  $3,880           $3,796
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                                           Six months ended Six months ended
                                              June 30, 2017    June 30, 2016
                                           ---------------- ----------------
Average number of vessels (1)                          68.4             70.9
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Number of vessels (2)                                    70               70
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Average age of operational fleet (in years)
 (3)                                                    7.8              7.5
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Ownership days (4)                                   12,384           12,896
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Available days (5)                                   12,456           12,438
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Fleet utilization (6)                                 99.1%            95.1%
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Daily Time Charter Equivalent Rate (7)               $8,977           $4,971
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Average daily OPEX per vessel (8)                    $4,002           $3,828
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Average daily OPEX per vessel (excl. pre-
 delivery expenses)                                  $3,914           $3,692
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(1) Average number of vessels is the number of vessels that constituted our operating fleet for the relevant period, as measured by the sum of the number of days each operating vessel was a part of our operating fleet during the period divided by the number of calendar days in that period.
(2) As of the last day of the periods reported.
(3) Average age of operational fleet is calculated as of the end of each period.
(4) Ownership days are the total calendar days each vessel in the fleet was owned by us for the relevant period.
(5) Available days for the fleet are the ownership and charter-in days after subtracting off-hire days for major repairs, dry docking or special or intermediate surveys and lay-up days, if any.
(6) Fleet utilization is calculated by dividing available days by ownership days plus charter-in days for the relevant period.
(7) Represents the weighted average daily TCE rates of our entire fleet. TCE rate is a measure of the average daily revenue performance of a vessel on a per voyage basis. Our method of calculating TCE rate is determined by dividing voyage revenues (net of voyage expenses and amortization of fair value of above/below market acquired time charter agreements) by available days for the relevant time period. Voyage expenses primarily consist of port, canal and fuel costs that are unique to a particular voyage, which would otherwise be paid by the charterer under a time charter contract, as well as commissions. TCE rate is a standard shipping industry performance measure used primarily to compare period-to-period changes in a shipping company's performance despite changes in the mix of charter types (i.e., voyage charters, time charters and bareboat charters) under its vessels may be employed between the periods. We included TCE revenues, a non-GAAP measure, as it provides additional meaningful information in conjunction with voyage revenues, the most directly comparable GAAP measure, and it assists our management in making decisions regarding the deployment and use of our operating vessels and in evaluating our financial performance.
(8) Average daily OPEX per vessel is calculated by dividing vessel operating expenses by ownership days.

Unaudited Consolidated Statement of Operations

(Expressed in thousands
 of U.S. dollars except       Second       Second   Six months   Six months
 for share and per share     quarter      quarter   ended June   ended June
 data)                          2017         2016     30, 2017     30, 2016
                         -----------  -----------  -----------  -----------


Revenues:
Voyage revenues          $    78,605  $    52,605  $   143,471  $    98,862
Management fee income              -           44            -           91
                         -----------  -----------  -----------  -----------
Total revenues                78,605       52,649      143,471       98,953
                         -----------  -----------  -----------  -----------

Expenses:
Voyage expenses              (16,650)     (17,722)     (31,649)     (37,284)
Charter-in hire expense         (881)        (922)      (1,736)      (1,918)
Vessel operating
 expenses                    (25,145)     (24,459)     (49,560)     (49,364)
Dry docking expenses          (1,856)        (734)      (3,248)      (1,583)
Depreciation                 (20,742)     (20,312)     (40,387)     (40,847)
Management fees               (1,875)      (1,913)      (3,689)      (3,911)
General and
 administrative expenses      (9,284)      (7,124)     (17,316)     (13,298)
Gain/(Loss) on forward
 freight agreements              256          283         (541)         283
Impairment loss                    -         (339)           -       (6,694)
Other operational loss          (751)        (109)        (751)        (109)
Other operational gain           294            -        2,461           50
Gain/(Loss) on sale of
 vessels                           -         (173)        (370)         (21)

                         -----------  -----------  -----------  -----------
Operating income/(loss)        1,971      (20,875)      (3,315)     (55,743)
                         -----------  -----------  -----------  -----------

Interest and finance
 costs                       (12,625)     (10,222)     (23,766)     (19,694)
Interest and other
 income/(loss)                   603         (113)       1,223          154
Gain/(Loss) on
 derivative financial           (147)      (1,088)         100       (4,681)
 instruments
Loss on debt
 extinguishment                    -         (624)        (358)      (1,801)
                         -----------  -----------  -----------  -----------
Total other expenses,
 net                         (12,169)     (12,047)     (22,801)     (26,022)
                         -----------  -----------  -----------  -----------

Income/(Loss) before
 equity in investee          (10,198)     (32,922)     (26,116)     (81,765)

Equity in income/(loss)
 of investee                     (29)          14            4           69

                         -----------  -----------  -----------  -----------
Income/(Loss) before
 taxes                   $   (10,227) $   (32,908) $   (26,112) $   (81,696)
                         ===========  ===========  ===========  ===========

US Source Income taxes           (52)           -         (117)           -

                         -----------  -----------  -----------  -----------
Net income/(loss)        $   (10,279) $   (32,908) $   (26,229) $   (81,696)
                         ===========  ===========  ===========  ===========

Earnings/(loss) per
 share, basic            $     (0.16) $     (0.75) $     (0.42) $     (1.86)
Earnings/(loss) per
 share, diluted          $     (0.16) $     (0.75) $     (0.42) $     (1.86)
Weighted average number
 of shares outstanding,   63,336,657   43,938,755   62,188,645   43,880,713
 basic

Weighted average number
 of shares outstanding,   63,336,657   43,938,755   62,188,645   43,880,713
 diluted

Unaudited Consolidated Condensed Balance Sheets

(Expressed in thousands of U.S. dollars)

                                                    June 30,    December 31,
ASSETS                                                2017          2016
                                                  ------------  ------------
Cash and cash equivalents                         $    226,882  $    181,758
Other current assets                                    56,652        46,708
                                                  ------------  ------------
TOTAL CURRENT ASSETS                                   283,534       228,466
                                                  ============  ============

Advances for vessels under construction and
 acquisition of vessels and other assets                46,472        64,570
Vessels and other fixed assets, net                  1,796,943     1,707,209
Other non-current assets                                 9,394        11,457
                                                  ------------  ------------
TOTAL ASSETS                                      $  2,136,343  $  2,011,702
                                                  ============  ============

Current portion of long-term debt and lease
 commitments                                      $     16,653  $      6,235
Other current liabilities                               24,275        21,884
                                                  ------------  ------------
TOTAL CURRENT LIABILITIES                               40,928        28,119
                                                  ============  ============

Long-term debt and lease commitments non-current
 (net of unamortized deferred finance fees of
 $8,300 and $9,253, respectively)                      977,613       896,332
8% 2019 Senior Notes (net of unamortized deferred
 finance fees of $1,028 and $1,243, respectively)       48,972        48,757
Other non-current liabilities                              480         1,264
                                                  ------------  ------------
TOTAL LIABILITIES                                 $  1,067,993  $    974,472
                                                  ============  ============

STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY                                 1,068,350     1,037,230

                                                  ------------  ------------
TOTAL LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY        $  2,136,343  $  2,011,702
                                                  ============  ============

Unaudited Cash Flow Data

Six months   Six months
(Expressed in thousands of U.S. dollars)             ended June   ended June
                                                       30, 2017     30, 2016
                                                    -----------  -----------

Net cash provided by / (used in) operating
 activities                                            $ 20,336   $ (35,972)

Net cash provided by / (used in) investing
 activities                                           (115,775)     (24,568)

Net cash provided by / (used in) financing
 activities                                             140,563      (6,961)

EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA Reconciliation

We consider EBITDA to represent net income before interest, income taxes, depreciation and amortization. EBITDA does not represent and should not be considered as an alternative to net income or cash flow from operations, as determined by United States generally accepted accounting principles, or U.S. GAAP, and our calculation of EBITDA may not be comparable to that reported by other companies. EBITDA is included herein because it is a basis upon which we assess our liquidity position, because it is a measure used by our lenders as a measure of our compliance with certain loan covenants and because we believe that it presents useful information to investors regarding our ability to service and/or incur indebtedness.

We excluded certain gains/losses such as those related to sale of vessels, stock-based compensation expense, the write off of the unamortized fair value of above-market acquired time charters, impairment losses, change in fair value of forward freight agreements and the equity in income/(loss) of investee, to derive Adjusted EBITDA from EBITDA and Adjusted Net income/(loss) from Net income/(loss). We excluded the items described above when deriving Adjusted EBITDA and Adjusted Net income/(loss) because we believe that these items do not reflect the ongoing operational cash inflows and outflows of our fleet.

The following table reconciles net cash provided by operating activities to EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA:

Second      Second  Six months  Six months
(Expressed in thousands of      quarter     quarter  ended June  ended June
 U.S. dollars)                     2017        2016    30, 2017    30, 2016
                             ----------  ----------  ----------  ----------
Net cash provided by/(used
 in) operating activities    $   14,231  $   (9,439) $   20,336  $  (35,972)
Net decrease / (increase) in
 current assets                   3,679      (1,062)      4,501       4,710
Net increase / (decrease) in
 operating liabilities,
 excluding current portion
 of long term debt               (3,484)      1,408      (3,009)      4,728
Impairment loss                       -        (339)          -      (6,694)
Loss on debt extinguishment           -        (624)       (358)     (1,801)
Stock - based compensation       (3,710)     (1,653)     (6,360)     (2,285)
Amortization of deferred
 finance charges                   (647)       (789)     (1,288)     (1,561)
Unrealized and accrued
 gain/(loss) on derivative
 financial instruments             (269)         89         706      (1,805)
Change in fair value of
 forward freight agreements         673           -         (41)          -
Total other expenses, net        12,169      12,047      22,801      26,022
Income tax                           52           -         117           -
Gain/(Loss) on sale of
 vessel                               -        (173)       (370)        (21)
Equity in income/(loss) of
 investee                           (29)         14           4          69
                             ----------  ----------  ----------  ----------
EBITDA                       $   22,665  $     (521) $   37,039  $  (14,610)
                             ==========  ==========  ==========  ==========
Less:
Equity in income of investee          -         (14)         (4)        (69)
Change in fair value of
 forward freight agreements        (673)          -           -           -
Plus:
Stock-based compensation          3,710       1,653       6,360       2,285
Change in fair value of
 forward freight agreements           -           -          41           -
Impairment loss                       -         339           -       6,694
Loss on sale of vessel                -         173         370          21
Equity in loss of investee           29           -           -           -
                             ----------  ----------  ----------  ----------
Adjusted EBITDA              $   25,731  $    1,630  $   43,806  $   (5,679)
                             ==========  ==========  ==========  ==========

Net income / (loss) and Adjusted Net income / (loss) Reconciliation

Second       Second   Six months   Six months
(Expressed in thousands      quarter      quarter   ended June   ended June
 of U.S. dollars)               2017         2016     30, 2017     30, 2016
                         -----------  -----------  -----------  -----------
Net income / (loss)      $   (10,279) $   (32,908) $   (26,229) $   (81,696)
Amortization of fair
 value of above market
 acquired time charter
 agreements                        -           47            -          254
Stock - based
 compensation                  3,710        1,653        6,360        2,285
Unrealized (gain) / loss
 on forward freight
 agreements                     (673)           -           41            -
Unrealized (gain) / loss
 on derivative financial
 instruments                    (411)         (91)      (1,374)       2,256
(Gain) / loss on sale of
 vessel                            -          173          370           21
Vessel impairment loss             -          339            -        6,694
Amortization of deferred
 gain                            (19)         (19)         (37)         (37)
Loss on debt
 extinguishment                    -          624          358        1,801
Equity in income/(loss)
 of investee                      29          (14)          (4)         (69)
                         -----------  -----------  -----------  -----------
Adjusted Net income /
 (loss)                  $    (7,643) $   (30,196) $   (20,515) $   (68,491)
                         ===========  ===========  ===========  ===========
Weighted average number
 of shares outstanding,
 basic and diluted        63,336,657   43,938,755   62,188,645   43,880,713
Adjusted Basic and
 Diluted Earnings /
 (Loss) Per Share        $     (0.12) $     (0.69) $     (0.33) $     (1.56)

Voyage Revenues to Daily Time Charter Equivalent ("TCE") Reconciliation

(In thousands of U.S.
 Dollars, except as
 otherwise stated)

                                 Second      Second  Six months  Six months
                                quarter     quarter  ended June  ended June
                                   2017        2016    30, 2017    30, 2016
                             ----------  ----------  ----------  ----------
Voyage revenues              $   78,605  $   52,605  $  143,471  $   98,862
Less:
Voyage expenses                 (16,650)    (17,722)    (31,649)    (37,284)
Amortization of fair value
 of below/above market
 acquired time charter
 agreements                           -          47           -         254
                             ----------  ----------  ----------  ----------
Time Charter equivalent
 revenues                    $   61,955  $   34,930  $  111,822  $   61,832
                             ==========  ==========  ==========  ==========

Available days for fleet          6,357       6,227      12,456      12,438
                             ----------  ----------  ----------  ----------
Daily Time Charter
 Equivalent Rate ("TCE")     $    9,746  $    5,609  $    8,977  $    4,971
                             ----------  ----------  ----------  ----------

Conference Call details:

Our management team will host a conference call to discuss our financial results on Wednesday, August 9, 2017 at 11:00 a.m., Eastern Time (ET).

Participants should dial into the call 10 minutes before the scheduled time using the following numbers: 1(866) 819-7111 (from the US), 0(800) 953-0329 (from the UK) or + (44) (0) 1452 542 301 (from outside US). Please quote "Star Bulk."

A replay of the conference call will be available until Wednesday, August 16, 2017. The United States replay number is 1(866) 247-4222; from the UK 0(800) 953-1533; the standard international replay number is (+44) (0) 1452 550 000 and the access code required for the replay is: 3128607#.

Slides and audio webcast:

There will also be a simultaneous live webcast over the Internet, through the Star Bulk website (www.starbulk.com). Participants to the live webcast should register on the website approximately 10 minutes prior to the start of the webcast.

About Star Bulk

Star Bulk is a global shipping company providing worldwide seaborne transportation solutions in the dry bulk sector. Star Bulk'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 "SBLK". On a fully delivered basis, Star Bulk will have a fleet of 74 vessels, with an aggregate capacity of 8.1 million dwt, consisting of Newcastlemax, Capesize, Post Panamax, Kamsarmax, Panamax, Ultramax and Supramax vessels with carrying capacities between 52,055 dwt and 209,537 dwt. Our fleet currently includes 71 operating vessels and 3 newbuilding vessels under construction in China. All of the newbuilding vessels are expected to be delivered during 2017 and 2018. Additionally, the Company has one chartered-in Supramax vessel, under a time charter expiring in September 2017.

Forward-Looking Statements
Matters 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 "believe," "anticipate," "intends," "estimate," "forecast," "project," "plan," "potential," "may," "should," "expect," "pending" 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 Company'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 Company'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 Company'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 off-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, our ability to complete the restructuring transactions with our various lenders 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 forward-looking statements as a result of developments occurring after the date of this communication.

Contacts

Company:
Simos Spyrou, Christos Begleris
Co - 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.com

Investor Relations / Financial Media:
Nicolas Bornozis
President
Capital Link, Inc.
230 Park Avenue, Suite 1536
New York, NY 10169
Tel. (212) 661-7566
E-mail: starbulk@capitallink.com
www.capitallink.com

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