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Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Eagle Bulk Shipping files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy, (NASDAQ: EGLE)

Eagle Bulk Shipping filed for bankruptcy on Wednesday, the latest in a string of shipping companies to make a Chapter 11 filing, and said it reached agreement with its lenders to cut its debt by $975 million. The U.S. company said in a statement that creditors who hold more than 85 percent of its loans have voted in favor of a proposed reorganization plan.Getting creditor support for a "prepackaged" plan before filing for Chapter 11 can dramatically cut the time a company spends in bankruptcy. Eagle Bulk filed in Manhattan's U.S. Bankruptcy Court.Under the plan, lenders would receive nearly all the stock in the company in return for what they are owed.If approved by the court, the reorganization plan would cancel the company's current stock, which trades on the Nasdaq. Shareholders will receive 0.5 percent of the stock in a reorganized Eagle Bulk, plus warrants to acquire an additional 7.5 percent.

Eagle Bulk Shipping Inc. is engaged primarily in the ocean transportation of a range of major and minor bulk cargoes, including iron ore, coal, grain, cement and fertilizer, along worldwide shipping routes. Shares of EGLE traded higher by 12.61% or $0.1601/share to $1.43. In the past year, the shares have traded as low as $1.26 and as high as $8.75. On average, 427761 shares of EGLE exchange hands on a given day and today's volume is recorded at 4134240.