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GRINDROD SHIPPING HOLDINGS LIMITED - Closing of IVS Bulk Financing and IVS Phoenix Acquisition

Release Date: 20/09/2021 07:30
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Closing of IVS Bulk Financing and IVS Phoenix Acquisition

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 Closing of IVS Bulk Financing and IVS Phoenix Acquisition

Grindrod Shipping Holdings Ltd. (NASDAQ: GRIN) (JSE: GSH) (“Grindrod Shipping” or "Company" or “it” or “we”),
a global provider of maritime transportation services predominantly in the drybulk sector, announced the
following transactions.

On September 15th, 2021, in conjunction with the previously announced acquisition of the remaining 31.14%
equity stake in its IVS Bulk joint venture (“IVS Bulk”) and the concurrent redemption of the IVS Bulk preference
shares on September 1, 2021, the Company closed the $23 million upsizing of one of its existing IVS Bulk credit
facilities to replace the working capital used to fund the transaction. The new debt is on the same terms as the
existing facility.

On September 16th, 2021, the Company closed the acquisition and concurrent financing of the 2019 Japanese-
built ultramax bulk carrier IVS Phoenix. As previously disclosed, the vessel was already in the Grindrod Shipping
Core Fleet and originally chartered-in for a minimum period of three years from delivery with two one-year
extensions and no purchase options. Upon closing, the Company acquired the vessel for $23.5 million, which
we believe reflects a significantly reduced price relative to management’s estimate of the fair market value of
the vessel due to the early termination of the prevailing charter agreement. The Group has simultaneously
entered into a financing arrangement with a separate third party in Japan on attractive terms for a net amount
of $25.0 million. As part of the financing arrangement, the Group will bareboat charter the vessel back for a
period of up to 15 years and has the right, but not the obligation, to acquire the vessel after the first two years
of the charter.

About Grindrod Shipping Holdings Ltd.

Grindrod Shipping operates a fleet of owned and long-term and short-term chartered-in drybulk vessels
predominantly in the handysize and supramax/ultramax segments. The drybulk business, which operates under
the brand “Island View Shipping” (“IVS”), includes a Core Fleet of 31 vessels consisting of 15 handysize drybulk
carriers and 16 supramax/ultramax drybulk carriers. The Company also owns one medium range product tanker
on bareboat charter. 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

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 / Daniela Guerrero
 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:                          Fax: (212) 661-7526
 Website:                           Email:

By order of the Board
20 September 2021
Sponsor: Grindrod Bank Limited


Date: 20-09-2021 07:30:00
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