Safe Bulkers, Inc. (NYSE:SB - Quote), an international provider of marine drybulk transportation services, today declared a quarterly dividend of $0.15 per share for the first quarter of 2009.
The Company today declared a cash dividend on its common stock of $0.15 per common share payable on or about May 29, 2009 to shareholders of record at the close of trading of the Company's common stock on the New York Stock Exchange (the "NYSE") on May 22, 2009. The Company has 54,508,907 shares of common stock outstanding as of today.
This is the fourth consecutive cash dividend the Company has declared since its initial public offering on May 28, 2008. The dividend for the first quarter of 2009 was maintained at the same level as that for the previous quarter.
The Board is continuing a policy to pay out a portion of the Company's free cash flow at a level it considers prudent in light of the current economic and financial environment. The declaration and payment of dividends, if any, will always be subject to the discretion of the Board of Directors of the Company, and will depend on, among other things, the Company's earnings, financial condition and cash requirements and availability, the Company's ability to obtain debt and equity financing on acceptable terms as contemplated by the Company's growth strategy, the restrictive covenants in the Company's existing and future debt instruments and global economic conditions.
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