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GRINDROD SHIPPING HOLDINGS LIMITED - Grindrod Shipping Announces Extension of IVS Bulk Joint Venture, Closing of Financing Arrangement; Share Repurchase

03 December 2019 - 07:45 AM
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Grindrod Shipping Announces Extension of IVS Bulk Joint Venture, Closing of Financing Arrangement; Share Repurchase

GRINDROD SHIPPING HOLDINGS LTD.
ABBREVIATED NAME: GRINSHIP
Registered in Singapore with registration number 201731497H
JSE Share code: GSH
ISIN: SG9999019087
Primary listing on NASDAQ Global Select Market
Secondary listing on the JSE Main Board



Grindrod Shipping Holdings Ltd. Announces Extension of IVS Bulk Joint Venture, Closing of Financing
Arrangement and Further Share Repurchases

Grindrod Shipping Holdings Ltd. (NASDAQ: GRIN) (JSE: GSH) (Grindrod Shipping or the "Company" or it or
we), a global provider of maritime transportation services in the drybulk and product tanker sectors,
announced the extension of its IVS Bulk joint venture, the closing of a financing arrangement and further share
repurchases.

Grindrod Shipping has extended the termination date of its IVS Bulk joint venture from November 30, 2019 to
December 31, 2019 as we continue to progress the transaction agreed in principle with the joint venture
partners whereby the Company would acquire an additional 33.25% stake from one of the partners with the
other partner retaining its 33.25% stake, as well as the negotiations with lenders to refinance all of the existing
debt of IVS Bulk and provide us sufficient capital to acquire the additional 33.25% stake. We can provide no
assurance that we will complete the acquisition until such time that agreements have been finalized and the
financing has been obtained.

Further to the previous announcement regarding an agreed financing arrangement in respect of IVS Magpie,
we are pleased to confirm that the transaction closed on November 20, 2019. On closing, the financing
generated approximately $5.4 million of cash for the Company after settling the debt associated with the vessel.

Pursuant to the Companys previously approved share repurchase authority granted by shareholders at the last
Annual General Meeting on May 29, 2019, the Company has acquired ordinary shares in the open market in
addition to those detailed in our previous announcement on October 30, 2019. Over the period from and
including October 30, 2019 through and including November 29, 2019 a combined total of 153,915 ordinary
shares has been acquired on NASDAQ and the JSE. The repurchased shares were acquired at an average price
per share over such period of $7.00, or ZAR 102.64 based on an indicative ZAR/USD exchange rate of 14.67,
before costs. As a result a combined total of 233,243 ordinary shares has been acquired on NASDAQ and the JSE
over the period from the end of the second fiscal quarter through and including November 29, 2019 at an
average price per share over such period of $6.57, or ZAR 96.39 based on an indicative ZAR/USD exchange rate
of 14.67, before costs. The timing and amount of any repurchases are in the sole discretion of the Company,
and depend on legal requirements, market conditions, stock price, alternative uses of capital and other factors.
Repurchases of ordinary shares may take place in privately negotiated transactions and/or open market
transactions. The repurchase authority expires at the next Annual General Meeting, unless renewed, and may
be suspended or terminated by the Company at any time without prior notice.
About Grindrod Shipping Holdings Ltd.

Grindrod Shipping owns and operates a diversified fleet of owned and long-term and short-term chartered-in
drybulk vessels and product tankers. The drybulk business, which operates under the brand Island View
Shipping (IVS) includes a fleet of 17 handysize drybulk carriers and 15 supramax/ultramax drybulk carriers on
the water with two chartered-in ultramax drybulk carriers under construction in Japan due be delivered in 2020.
The tanker business, which operates under the brand Unicorn Shipping (Unicorn) includes a fleet of seven
medium range tankers and two small tankers. The Company is based in Singapore, with offices in London,
Durban, Tokyo, Cape Town and Rotterdam. Grindrod Shipping is listed on NASDAQ under the ticker GRIN and
on the JSE under the ticker GSH.


Forward-Looking Statements

The statements in this press release that are not historical facts may be 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. 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 forward-looking
statements in this press release are based upon various assumptions, including, without limitation, Grindrod
Shipping management's examination of historical trends, data contained in the Company's 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. These forward-looking statements
involve risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those discussed in the
forward-looking statements. These risks and uncertainties include, among others, those discussed in Grindrod
Shipping's public filings with the SEC. Except as required by law, Grindrod Shipping undertakes no obligation to
update publicly or release any revisions to these forward-looking statements to reflect events or circumstances
after the date of this press release or to reflect the occurrence of unanticipated events.



 Company Contact:                                        Investor Relations / Media Contact:
 Martyn Wade / Stephen Griffiths                         Nicolas Bornozis / Judit Csepregi
 CEO / CFO                                               Capital Link, Inc.
 Grindrod Shipping Holdings Ltd.                         230 Park Avenue, Suite 1536
 200 Cantonment Road, #03-01 Southpoint                  New York, N.Y. 10169
 Singapore, 089763                                       Tel.: (212) 661-7566
 Email: ir@grindrodshipping.com                          Fax: (212) 661-7526
 Website: www.grinshipping.com                           Email: grindrod@capitallink.com


By order of the Board
3 December 2019
Sponsor: Grindrod Bank Limited



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Date: 03-12-2019 08:45:00
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