FORM 6-K
SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION
WASHINGTON, D.C. 20549

REPORT OF FOREIGN PRIVATE ISSUER PURSUANT TO RULE 13A-16 OR 15D-16 OF THE SECURITIES EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934

For the month of July 2020
Commission File Number: 001-35025

PERFORMANCE SHIPPING INC.
(Translation of registrant's name into English)
Pendelis 18, 175 64 Palaio Faliro, Athens, Greece
(Address of principal executive office)

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INFORMATION CONTAINED IN THIS FORM 6-K REPORT

Attached to this Report on Form 6-K as Exhibit 99.1 is a press release dated July 30, 2020 of Performance Shipping Inc. (the “Company”) announcing the Company's financial results for the second quarter and six months ended June 30, 2020.

The information contained in this Report on Form 6-K, excluding the included quote by Mr. Andreas Michalopoulos, is hereby incorporated by reference into the Company's registration statement on Form F-3 (File no. 333-197740), filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (the "SEC") with an effective date of August 13, 2014, and the Company's registration statement on Form F-3 (File No. 333-237637), filed with the SEC with an effective date of April 23, 2020.

SIGNATURES

Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned, thereunto duly authorized.


PERFORMANCE SHIPPING INC.
(registrant)


Dated: July 31, 2020
By:
/s/ Andreas Michalopoulos
 
   
Andreas Michalopoulos
 
   
Chief Financial Officer
 





Exhibit 99.1

 
Corporate Contact:
 
Andreas Michalopoulos
 
Deputy Chief Executive Officer,
 
Chief Financial Officer, Treasurer and Secretary
 
Telephone: + 30-216-600-2400
 
Email: amichalopoulos@pshipping.com
 
Website: www.pshipping.com
For Immediate Release
 
 
Investor and Media Relations:
 
Edward Nebb
 
Comm-Counsellors, LLC
 
Telephone: + 1-203-972-8350
 
Email: enebb@optonline.net


PERFORMANCE SHIPPING INC. REPORTS FINANCIAL RESULTS
FOR THE SECOND QUARTER AND SIX MONTHS ENDED JUNE 30, 2020

ATHENS, GREECE, July 30, 2020 – Performance Shipping Inc. (NASDAQ: PSHG) (the “Company”), a global shipping company specializing in the ownership of vessels, today reported net income and net income attributable to common stockholders of $4.6 million for the second quarter of 2020, compared to a net loss and net loss attributable to common stockholders of $1.6 million for the same period in 2019.  Earnings per common share, basic and diluted, for the second quarter of 2020 were $0.09, while loss per share for the second quarter of 2019 was $0.06.
Voyage and time charter revenues were $16.0 million ($11.8 million net of voyage expenses) for the second quarter of 2020, compared to $4.5 million ($4.2 million net of voyage expenses) for the same period in 2019. This increase was mainly attributable to the increased time-charter equivalent rates (TCE rates) contributed by our Aframax tanker vessels. Fleetwide, the average time charter equivalent rate for the second quarter of 2020 was $26,092, compared with an average rate of $11,599 for the same period of 2019. As a result, during the second quarter of 2020, net cash provided by operating activities was $2.9 million, compared with net cash used in operating activities of $0.7 million for the second quarter of 2019.
Net income for the six months ended June 30, 2020 amounted to $5.9 million, compared to a net loss of $1.7 million for the six months ended June 30, 2019.  Net income attributable to common stockholders for the six months ended June 30, 2020, amounted to $7.4 million, due to a one-time gain of $1.5 million derived from the repurchase of the Series C preferred shares, and resulted in earnings per common share, basic and diluted, of $0.15. Net loss attributable to common stockholders for the six months ended June 30, 2019, was $1.7 million, resulting in a loss per share of $0.08.
Other Second Quarter 2020 Developments:

Delivery of the containership M/V Rotterdam to her new owners in April 2020

Issuance of 600,000 common shares pursuant to conversions of Series B-2 preferred shares

Repurchase and cancellation of all remaining Series B-2 preferred shares in April 2020

Repurchase and cancellation of 365,086 common shares under the Share Repurchase Program

Receipt of NASDAQ notification for extension of the compliance period to cure the bid price deficiency to November 2020


Commenting on the results of the second quarter of 2020, Mr. Andreas Michalopoulos, the Company’s Deputy Chief Executive Officer, stated:
“During the second quarter of 2020, we continued to operate profitably with all four Aframax tankers contributing to our operations. We took advantage of favorable market conditions to secure a time charter contract of minimum seventeen (17) months to maximum nineteen (19) months for our M/T Blue Moon at $28,000 per day. The tanker charter market, as expected, has weakened on the back of lower demand due to COVID-19 and lower supply as OPEC cuts output and a flattening oil price curve. We believe the tanker market will recover during the fall and winter months, and we will be ready to take advantage of that possible recovery should it occur. ”
Novel Coronavirus Risks:
On March 11, 2020, the World Health Organization declared the Novel coronavirus disease (“COVID-19”) outbreak a pandemic. In response to the ongoing outbreak, many countries, ports and organizations, including those where the Company conducts a large part of its operations, have implemented measures to combat the outbreak, such as quarantines, travel restrictions, and physical distancing requirements. Such measures have, and will likely continue to, negatively affect the global economy. Any prolonged restrictive measures in order to control the spread of COVID-19 or other adverse public health developments in Asia or in other geographies in which the Company’s vessels operate may significantly impact the demand for the Company’s vessels. The extent to which COVID-19 will impact the Company’s results of operations and financial condition will depend on future developments, which are highly uncertain and cannot be predicted, including new information which may emerge concerning the severity and duration of the virus and the actions to contain or treat its impact or a potential second wave, among others. Accordingly, an estimate of the impact cannot be made at this time. However, if the COVID-19 pandemic worsens, additional restrictions are imposed, or current restrictions are imposed for a longer period of time in response to the outbreak, it may have a material adverse effect on the Company’s future results of operation and financial condition.


Summary of Selected Financial & Other Data

   
For the three months
ended June 30,
   
For the six months
ended June 30,
 
   
2020
   
2019
   
2020
   
2019
 
   
(unaudited)
   
(unaudited)
   
(unaudited)
   
(unaudited)
 
STATEMENT OF OPERATIONS DATA (in thousands of US Dollars):
 
                         
Voyage and time charter revenues
 
$
16,031
   
$
4,547
   
$
29,535
   
$
10,016
 
Voyage expenses
   
4,159
     
325
     
8,467
     
603
 
Vessel operating expenses
   
3,224
     
3,182
     
6,320
     
5,829
 
Net income / (loss)
   
4,641
     
(1,566
)
   
5,936
     
(1,747
)
Net income / (loss) attributable to common stockholders
   
4,641
     
(1,566
)
   
7,436
     
(1,747
)
Earnings / (Loss) per common share, basic
   
0.09
     
(0.06
)
   
0.15
     
(0.08
)
Earnings / (Loss) per common share, diluted
   
0.09
     
(0.06
)
   
0.15
     
(0.08
)
FLEET DATA
 
Average number of vessels
   
5.0
     
4.0
     
4.9
     
4.0
 
Number of vessels
   
5.0
     
4.0
     
5.0
     
4.0
 
Ownership days
   
455
     
364
     
885
     
724
 
Available days
   
455
     
364
     
885
     
724
 
Operating days, excluding ballast leg (1)
   
361
     
340
     
675
     
696
 
Operating days, including ballast leg (2)
   
428
     
340
     
801
     
696
 
Fleet utilization, excluding ballast leg
   
79.3
%
   
93.4
%
   
76.3
%
   
96.1
%
Fleet utilization, including ballast leg
   
94.1
%
   
93.4
%
   
90.5
%
   
96.1
%
AVERAGE DAILY RESULTS
 
Time charter equivalent (TCE) rate (3)
 
$
26,092
   
$
11,599
   
$
23,806
   
$
13,001
 
Daily vessel operating expenses (4)
 
$
7,086
   
$
8,742
   
$
7,141
   
$
8,051
 

___________________
(1)
Operating days, excluding ballast leg, are the number of available days in a period less the aggregate number of days that our vessels are off-hire. The specific calculation counts the ballast leg of spot voyages as off-hire days, even if a charter party exists, so as to be in line with the accounting guidelines of ASC 606 for the revenue recognition (“loading” to “discharging” accounting). The shipping industry uses operating days to measure the aggregate number of days in a period during which vessels actually generate revenues.
(2)
Operating days, including ballast leg, are the number of available days in a period less the aggregate number of days that our vessels are off-hire. The specific calculation does not count as off-hire the days of the ballast leg of the spot voyages, as long as a charter party is in place. The shipping industry uses operating days to measure the aggregate number of days in a period during which vessels actually generate revenues.
(3)
Time charter equivalent rates, or TCE rates, are defined as our voyage and time charter revenues, less voyage expenses during a period divided by the number of our available days during the period, which is consistent with industry standards.  Voyage expenses include port charges, bunker (fuel) expenses, canal charges and commissions.  TCE is a non-GAAP measure. TCE rate is a standard shipping industry performance measure used primarily to compare daily earnings generated by vessels despite changes in the mix of charter types (i.e., voyage (spot) charters, time charters and bareboat charters).
(4)
Daily vessel operating expenses, which include crew wages and related costs, the cost of insurance and vessel registry, expenses relating to repairs and maintenance, the costs of spares and consumable stores, lubricant costs, tonnage taxes, regulatory fees, environmental costs, lay-up expenses and other miscellaneous expenses, are calculated by dividing vessel operating expenses by ownership days for the relevant period.



Fleet Employment Profile (As of July 30, 2020)
 
Performance Shipping Inc.’s fleet is employed as follows:
 

                   
Vessel
Year of Built
Capacity
Builder
Gross Rate
(USD Per Day)
Com*
Charterers
Delivery Date to Charterers**
Redelivery Date to Owners***
Notes
4 Aframax Tanker Vessels
BLUE MOON
2011
104,623 DWT
Sumitomo Heavy Industries Marine & Engineering Co., LTD.
$28,000
5.00%
Aramco Trading Company, Saudi Arabia
19-Jun-20
19-Nov-21 - 18-Jan-22
 
BRIOLETTE
2011
104,588 DWT
Sumitomo Heavy Industries Marine & Engineering Co., LTD.
Spot
-
-
-
- - -
 
P. FOS
2007
115,577 DWT
Sasebo Heavy Industries Co. Ltd
Spot
-
-
-
- - -
 
P. KIKUMA
2007
115,915 DWT
Samsung Heavy Industries Co Ltd., Geoje, South Korea
Spot
-
-
-
- - -
 
1 Panamax Container Vessel
                   
DOMINGO
2001
3,739 TEU
Samsung Heavy Industries Co Ltd., Koje, South Korea
$4,500
3.75%
Mediterranean Shipping Company S.A.
30-Jun-20
5-Sep-20
1

* Total commission paid to third parties.
** In case of newly acquired vessel with time charter attached, this date refers to the expected/actual date of delivery of the vessel to the Company.
*** Range of redelivery dates, with the actual date of redelivery being at the Charterers’ option, but subject to the terms, conditions, and exceptions of the particular charterparty.
1 Estimated redelivery date.



About the Company
Performance Shipping Inc. is a global provider of shipping transportation services through its ownership of vessels. The Company’s vessels are employed primarily on spot charters with leading charterers. 

Cautionary Statement Regarding 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, our management's examination of historical operating trends, data contained in our records and other data available from third parties. Although we believe 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 our control, we cannot assure you that we will achieve or accomplish these expectations, beliefs or projections.

In addition to these important factors, other important factors that, in our view, could cause actual results to differ materially from those discussed in the forward-looking statements include the strength of world economies and currencies, general market conditions, including fluctuations in charter rates and vessel values, changes in demand for our vessels, changes in our operating expenses, including bunker prices, drydocking and insurance costs, the market for our vessels, availability of financing and refinancing, the length and severity of the recent novel coronavirus (COVID-19) and its impact on the demand for seaborne transportation of petroleum and other types of products,  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, vessel breakdowns and instances of off-hires and other factors. Please see our filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission for a more complete discussion of these and other risks and uncertainties.

(See financial tables attached)

PERFORMANCE SHIPPING INC.
FINANCIAL TABLES
Expressed in thousands of U.S. Dollars, except for share and per share data
                   
UNAUDITED INTERIM CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS

   
For the three months
ended June 30,
   
For the six months
ended June 30,
 
   
2020
   
2019
   
2020
   
2019
 
REVENUES:
                       
Voyage and time charter revenues
 
$
16,031
   
$
4,547
   
$
29,535
   
$
10,016
 
                                 
EXPENSES:
                               
Voyage expenses
   
4,159
     
325
     
8,467
     
603
 
Vessel operating expenses
   
3,224
     
3,182
     
6,320
     
5,829
 
Depreciation and amortization of deferred charges
   
1,578
     
874
     
2,679
     
1,740
 
Management fees
   
79
     
-
     
271
     
-
 
General and administrative expenses
   
1,794
     
1,555
     
4,406
     
3,463
 
Impairment losses
   
-
     
261
     
339
     
261
 
Loss on vessel's sale
   
27
     
-
     
27
     
-
 
Provision for doubtful receivables
   
45
     
-
     
131
     
-
 
Foreign currency (gains) / losses
   
(15
)
   
-
     
7
     
5
 
Operating income / (loss)
 
$
5,140
   
$
(1,650
)
 
$
6,888
   
$
(1,885
)
                                 
OTHER INCOME / (EXPENSES):
                               
Interest and finance costs
   
(510
)
   
-
     
(1,037
)
   
-
 
Interest income
   
11
     
84
     
85
     
138
 
Total other income /(expenses), net
 
$
(499
)
 
$
84
   
$
(952
)
 
$
138
 
                                 
Net income / (loss)
 
$
4,641
   
$
(1,566
)
 
$
5,936
   
$
(1,747
)
                                 
Gain from repurchase of preferred shares
   
-
     
-
     
1,500
     
-
 
                                 
Net income / (loss) attributable to common stockholders
 
$
4,641
   
$
(1,566
)
   
7,436
     
(1,747
)
                                 
Earnings / (Loss) per common share, basic
 
$
0.09
   
$
(0.06
)
 
$
0.15
   
$
(0.08
)
                                 
Earnings / (Loss) per common share, diluted
 
$
0.09
   
$
(0.06
)
 
$
0.15
   
$
(0.08
)
                                 
Weighted average number of common shares, basic
   
49,322,054
     
24,961,196
     
48,059,696
     
21,710,494
 
                                 
Weighted average number of common shares, diluted
   
49,420,403
     
24,961,196
     
49,168,086
     
21,710,494
 
                                 
                                 



UNAUDITED INTERIM CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF COMPREHENSIVE INCOME / (LOSS)

   
For the three months
ended June 30,
   
For the six months
ended June 30,
 
   
2020
   
2019
   
2020
   
2019
 
                         
Net income / (loss)
 
$
4,641
   
$
(1,566
)
 
$
5,936
   
$
(1,747
)
                                 
Comprehensive income/ (loss)
 
$
4,641
   
$
(1,566
)
 
$
5,936
   
$
(1,747
)
                                 

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEET DATA
       
(Expressed in thousands of US Dollars)
       
   
June 30, 2020
   
December 31, 2019*
 
ASSETS
 
(unaudited)
       
             
 Cash and cash equivalents
 
$
32,054
   
$
26,363
 
 Advances for vessel acquisitions and other vessels' costs
   
-
     
11,017
 
 Vessels, net
   
114,066
     
82,871
 
 Other fixed assets, net
   
1,032
     
993
 
 Other assets
   
8,574
     
9,325
 
Total assets
 
$
155,726
   
$
130,569
 
                 
LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY
               
                 
 Long-term debt, net of unamortized deferred financing costs
 
$
53,816
   
$
32,283
 
 Other liabilities
   
2,997
     
4,048
 
 Total stockholders' equity
   
98,913
     
94,238
 
Total liabilities and stockholders' equity
 
$
155,726
   
$
130,569
 
                 

* The balance sheet data as of December 31, 2019 has been derived from the audited consolidated financial statements at that date.

OTHER FINANCIAL DATA
             
                         
   
For the three months ended June 30,
   
For the six months ended June 30,
 
   
2020
   
2019
   
2020
   
2019
 
   
(unaudited)
   
(unaudited)
   
(unaudited)
   
(unaudited)
 
 Net Cash provided by / (used in) Operating Activities
 
$
2,912
   
$
(652
)
 
$
10,006
   
$
(644
)
 Net Cash provided by / (used in) Investing Activities
 
$
18,063
   
$
(2
)
 
$
(23,209
)
 
$
441
 
 Net Cash provided by / (used in) Financing Activities
 
$
(3,113
)
 
$
-
   
$
18,894
   
$
6,452