Navios Maritime Acquisition Corp.

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July 29, 2010 at 8:16 AM EDT

Navios Maritime Acquisition Corporation Reports Financial Results for the Three and Six Months Ended June 30, 2010


- Contemplated Transformational Acquisition of seven VLCCs for $587.0 million
- Launching of Warrant Tender Program
- Delivery of two LR1 Product Tankers

PIRAEUS, Greece, July 29, 2010 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ --

Navios Maritime Acquisition Corporation ("Navios Acquisition") (NYSE: NNA), an owner and operator of tanker vessels, today reported its financial results for the three and six months ended June 30, 2010.

2010 HIGHLIGHTS -- RECENT DEVELOPMENTS

Contemplated Transformational Acquisition of Seven VLCCs for $ 587.0 million

On July 19, 2010, Navios Acquisition announced that it has signed a securities purchase agreement which contemplates the acquisition of a fleet of seven VLCC tankers for an aggregate purchase price of $587.0 million. Navios Acquisitions intends to finance the acquisition as follows: $453.0 million with new debt financing, $123.0 million with cash and $11.0 million through the future issuance of Navios Acquisition shares. The final purchase price is subject to customary working capital adjustments, and consummation of the transaction is subject to a number of conditions, including third party consents. The transaction is anticipated to close in September of 2010.

Fleet Information

Of the seven VLCC vessels being acquired, six are currently operating under long-term time charters to Asia-Pacific-based high quality shipping and petrochemical groups, including DOSCO (a wholly owned subsidiary of COSCO), a member of the Sinochem group, Formosa and SK Shipping. The seventh vessel is being constructed currently with delivery scheduled for June 2011.

The VLCC fleet has an average age of 8.6 years and a remaining charter-out term of 8.8 years with an average charter rate of $40,440 net per day. Five of the seven charters have a profit sharing mechanism which provides for potential upside.

- Annualized Base EBITDA (1) of $74.9 million

- Aggregate Base EBITDA (2) of $651.4 million

The fleet information of the 7 vessels is as follows:


         Vessel        Type      DWT      Year
                                         Built

    Shinyo Splendor   VLCC      306,474    1993
    Shinyo Navigator  VLCC      300,549    1996
    C. Dream          VLCC      298,570    2000
    Shinyo Ocean      VLCC      281,395    2001
    Shinyo Kannika    VLCC      287,175    2001
    Shinyo Saowalak   VLCC      298,000    2010
    Vessels to be
     Delivered
    N/B T3000-036     VLCC      298,000  Jun-11
    Total                     2,070,163



                          Net
         Vessel         Charter   Expiration    Profit Share
                        Rate ($
                          per        Date
                          day)

    Shinyo Splendor       38,019   5/18/2014         NO
    Shinyo Navigator      42,705  12/18/2016         NO
                                                  50% above
    C. Dream           29,625 (3)  3/15/2019       $30,000
                                                  40% above
                                                   $40,000
                                                  50% above
    Shinyo Ocean          38,400  01/10/2017       $43,500
                                                  50% above
    Shinyo Kannika        38,025   2/17/2017       $44,000
                                   6/15/2025      35% above
    Shinyo Saowalak       48,153          (4)      $54,388
                                                  40% above
                                                   $59,388
                                                  50% above
                                                   $69,388
    Vessels to be
     Delivered
                                   6/15/2026      35% above
    N/B T3000-036         48,153          (4)      $54,388
                                                  40% above
                                                   $59,388
                                                  50% above
                                                   $69,388
    Total


    1. Calculated by multiplying the average daily charter rate of the
    seven vessels by 355 operating days
        (net of assumed Opex of $ 10,000 per day calculated for 365 days).
        Calculations exclude profit sharing.
    2. Assumes Opex at $ 10,000 per day multiplied by 365 days escalating
    3% annually. Calculations excluded profit
        sharing.
    3. Vessel sub chartered at $34,843/day over the next two years
    4. Includes one year extension at the charterer's option.


Time Charter Coverage

After this transaction, Navios Acquisition will own 20 vessels and will have contracted 89.1% and 80.2% of its available days on a charter-out basis for 2010 and 2011, respectively.

Warrant Tender Program

NNA is offering (the "Offer") the holders of the 25,300,000 outstanding warrants issued in its initial public offering ("Public Warrants") the limited time opportunity to acquire shares of common stock at a reduced exercise price. The Offer is coupled with a consent solicitation accelerating the ability of Navios Maritime Holdings Inc. ("Navios Holdings") and its officers and directors to exercise certain warrants at the cash exercise price available to the Public Warrants during the Offer.

Under the terms of the Offer, holders of Public Warrants may exercise (1) on a cash basis, at an exercise price of $5.65 per share of Common Stock and (2) on a cashless basis, at an exchange rate of 4.25 Public Warrants for 1.0 share of Common Stock. A holder may use one or both methods in exercising all or a portion of its Public Warrants.

The Offer has several conditions, including that at least (1) 75% of the Public Warrants outstanding (18,975,000 Public Warrants) are properly exercised and (2) 15% of the Public Warrants outstanding (3,795,000 Public Warrants) are exercised on a cash basis. Both conditions, along with the other conditions, may be waived by Navios Acquisition at its discretion.

Upon consummation of the Offer, Navios Holdings and Angeliki Frangou, Navios Acquisition's Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, will exercise the warrants that they own for cash for aggregate gross proceeds of $78,167,750.

The Offer commenced on Tuesday, July 27, 2010 and will continue for a period of twenty (20) business days, expiring on Monday, August 23, 2010 at 11:59 p.m., New York City time (the "Offer Period"). Upon termination of the Offer, the Public Warrants will expire according to their terms on June 25, 2013, subject to earlier redemption as outlined in terms of the Public Warrants.

Offers pursuant to the warrant tender program are made only through Navios Acquisition's Registration Statement on Form F-3 (Registration No. 333-151707), into which this press release has been incorporated by reference and in conjunction with the related Schedule TO and the Offer to the holders of the Company's publicly traded warrants to exercise such warrants on enhanced terms which is included as an exhibit to such Schedule TO.

Delivery of Colin Jacob and Ariadne Jacob

On June 29, 2010 and July 2, 2010, Navios Acquisition took delivery of Colin Jacob and Ariadne Jacob, two LR1 Product tankers, acquired as part of the acquisition of 13 vessels described below, for $43.5 million each. Both vessels were built in 2007 and immediately commenced three year time charters at a rate of $17,000 net per day plus profit sharing. It is anticipated that these charters will generate aggregate base annual EBITDA of approximately $6.9 million, excluding any profit sharing.

Closing the acquisition of 13 vessels

On June 1, 2010, Navios Acquisition announced the acquisition of 13 vessels (11 product tankers and two chemical tankers) plus options to purchase two additional product tankers, for an aggregate purchase price of $457.7 million, of which $123.4 million is to be paid from existing cash and the $334.3 million balance with existing and new debt financing. In connection with the completion of the acquisition, Navios Acquisition reimbursed Navios Holdings for the initial equity payment of $38.8 million plus all associated payments previously made by Navios Holdings.

Exhibit I displays the "Core Fleet" profile of Navios Acquisition.

    Financial Highlights



     Expressed In '000 US Dollars
                                        June 30,  December 31,
     Selected Balance Sheet data            2010          2009

      Assets
      Cash (including Restricted Cash)    87,544            87
      Investments                              -       251,493
      Vessels, net                        43,727             -
      Deposits for Vessels Acquisition   172,071             -
                                         -------           ---
      Total Assets                       308,797       251,636

      Liabilities
      Long Term Debt (Including Current
       Portion)                          158,986             -
      Stockholder's Equity               142,501       141,990


      Book Capitalization                301,487       141,990
      Net Debt/Book Capitalization            24%            -


      Net Loss Q2                         (2,309)


      Net Loss H1                         (2,607)



As of June 30, 2010, Navios Acquisition has entered into the following credit facilities:

  • Deutsche Schiffsbank AG, Alpha Bank A.E., and Credit Agricole Corporate and Investment Bank, credit facility of up to $150.0 million will be used to partially finance the construction of two chemical tankers and four product tankers. As of June 30, 2010, the Company has drawn down $96.8 million.
  • DVB Bank SE and Fortis Bank, credit facility of up to $75.0 million will be used to partially finance the construction of three product tankers. As of June 30, 2010, the Company has drawn down $36.2 million.
  • DVB Bank and Fortis Bank, credit facility of up to $52.0 million will be used to partially finance the acquisition of the two currently operating LR1 vessels. As of June 30, 2010, the Company has drawn down $26.0 million to partially finance the acquisition of Colin Jacob.

As of June 30, 2010, approximately $159.0 million was drawn down under the credit facilities described above and the balance of approximately $118.0 remains to be drawn at various times during construction and upon delivery of the vessels described above.


    Conference Call, Webcast and Presentation Details:
    Call Date/Time: Thursday, July 29, 2010, at 9:00 am EDT
    Call Title: Navios Acquisition Q2 2010 Financial Results Conference Call
    US Dial In: +1.877.308.7226
    International Dial In: +1.706.643.1525
    Conference ID: 8534 3391


This call will be simultaneously Webcast at the following Web address: http://www.videonewswire.com/event.asp?id=70294 .

A supplemental slide presentation will be available on the Navios Acquisition website at http://www.navios-acquisition.com under the "Investors" section at 8:00 am EDT on the day of the call.

About Navios Maritime Acquisition Corporation

Navios Maritime Acquisition Corporation (NYSE: NNA) ("Navios Acquisition") is an owner and operator of tanker vessels focusing in the transportation of petroleum products (clean and dirty) and bulk liquid chemicals.

For more information about Navios Acquisition, please visit our website: http://www.navios-acquisition.com.

Forward Looking Statements

This press release contains forward-looking statements (as defined in Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended) concerning future events and Navios Acquisition's growth strategy and measures to implement such strategy; including expected vessel acquisitions and entering into further time charters. Words such as "expects," "intends," "plans," "believes," "anticipates," "hopes," "estimates," and variations of such words and similar expressions are intended to identify forward-looking statements. Such statements include comments regarding expected revenue and time charters. Although Navios Acquisition believes that the expectations reflected in such forward-looking statements are reasonable, no assurance can be given that such expectations will prove to have been correct. These statements involve known and unknown risks and are based upon a number of assumptions and estimates which are inherently subject to significant uncertainties and contingencies, many of which are beyond the control of Navios Acquisition. Actual results may differ materially from those expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. Factors that could cause actual results to differ materially include, but are not limited to changes in the demand for product and chemical tanker vessels, competitive factors in the market in which Navios Acquisition operates; risks associated with operations outside the United States; and other factors listed from time to time in the Navios Acquisition's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Navios Acquisition expressly disclaims any obligations or undertaking to release publicly any updates or revisions to any forward-looking statements contained herein to reflect any change in Navios Acquisition's expectations with respect thereto or any change in events, conditions or circumstances on which any statement is based.


    Public & Investor Relations Contact:
    Navios Maritime Acquisition Corporation
    Investor Relations
    +1-212-279-8820
    info@navios-acquisition.com


EXHIBIT I

    Owned Vessels


                                              Year
    Vessel Name          Vessel Type         Built               Deadweight
    -----------          -----------         -----               ----------

                        LR1 Product
    Colin Jacob         Tanker                 2007                  74,671
    Ariadne Jacob       LR1 Product
     (1)                Tanker                 2007                  74,671



    Vessels to be delivered


    Vessel                                   Estimated
     Name              Vessel Type            Delivery         Deadweight
    ------             -----------             ---------       ----------

                      Chemical
    TBN               Tanker                  Q3 2010              25,000
                      Chemical
    TBN               Tanker                  Q4 2010              25,000
                      LR1 Product
    TBN               Tanker                  Q4 2011              75,000
                      LR1 Product
    TBN               Tanker                  Q4 2011              75,000
                      MR2 Product
    TBN               Tanker                  Q1 2012              50,000
                      MR2 Product
    TBN               Tanker                  Q2 2012              50,000
                      MR2 Product
    TBN               Tanker                  Q3 2012              50,000
                      MR2 Product
    TBN               Tanker                  Q3 2012              50,000
                      MR2 Product
    TBN               Tanker                  Q4 2012              50,000
                      MR2 Product
    TBN               Tanker                  Q4 2012              50,000
                      MR2 Product
    TBN               Tanker                  Q4 2012              50,000



    Purchase Options


    Vessel                                   Estimated
     Name               Vessel Type           Delivery          Deadweight
    ------              -----------            ---------        ----------

                       LR1 Product
    TBN (2)             Tanker            Q4 2012                   75,000
                       LR1 Product
    TBN (2)             Tanker            Q4 2012                   75,000


    (1) Delivered in Navios Acquisition' owned fleet on July 2, 2010.
    (2) Subject to the exercise by Navios Acquisition of an option to
    acquire the vessel which expires in January 2011.

SOURCE Navios Maritime Acquisition Corporation