Form 6-K DIANA SHIPPING INC. For: Jun 30

June 23, 2021 4:10 PM EDT

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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 June 2021
Commission File Number: 001-32458
DIANA SHIPPING INC.
(Translation of registrant’s name into English)
Pendelis 16, 175 64 Palaio Faliro, Athens, Greece
(Address of principal executive office)



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INFORMATION CONTAINED IN THIS FORM 6-K REPORT
On June 22, 2021, Diana Shipping Inc. (the “Company”) issued 400 shares of its newly-designated Series D Preferred Stock, par value $0.01 per share, to Tuscany Shipping Corp., an entity controlled by its Chief Executive Officer, Mrs. Semiramis Paliou, for an aggregate purchase price of $360,000. The Series D Preferred Stock has no dividend or liquidation rights. The Series D Preferred Stock will vote with the common shares of the Company, and each share of the Series D Preferred Stock shall entitle the holder thereof to up to 100,000 votes, on all matters submitted to a vote of the stockholders of the Company, subject to a maximum number of votes eligible to be cast by such holder derived from the Series D Preferred Shares and any other voting security of the Company held by the holder to be equal to the lesser of (i) 36% of the total number of votes entitled to vote on any matter put to shareholders of the Company and (ii) the sum of the holder’s aggregate voting power derived from securities other than the Series D Preferred Stock and 15% of the total number of votes entitled to be cast on matters put to shareholders of the Company. The Series D Preferred Stock is transferable only to the holder’s immediate family members and to affiliated persons.  The issuance of shares of Series D Preferred Stock to Tuscany Shipping Corp. was approved by an independent committee of the Board of Directors of the Company, which received a fairness opinion from an independent third party that the transaction was fair from a financial point of view to the Company.
Attached to this report on Form 6-K as Exhibit 3.1 is a copy of the Statement of Designation of Rights, Preferences and Privileges of Series D Preferred Stock of the Company.
The information contained in this Report on Form 6-K is hereby incorporated by reference into the Company's registration statement on Form F-3 (File No. 333-225964), filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission with an effective date of July 26, 2018.


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.

DIANA SHIPPING INC.
(registrant)
Dated: June 23, 2021
By:
/s/ Anastassis Margaronis
 
    Anastassis Margaronis  
    President
 


Exhibit 3.1



STATEMENT OF DESIGNATIONS

OF

DIANA SHIPPING INC.
Reg. No. 13671
   
 
Pursuant to Section 35(5) of the Business Corporations Act
   
   
   
   
   
 
REPUBLIC OF THE MARSHALL ISLANDS

REGISTRAR OF CORPORATIONS
   
 
DUPLICATE COPY
   
   
 
The original of this Document was
   
 
FILED ON
   
NON RESIDENT
 
 
June 22, 2021
 
 
 
/s/ Cynthia Ro
Cynthia Ro
Deputy Registrar

 

   
   



STATEMENT OF DESIGNATION OF RIGHTS, PREFERENCES
AND PRIVILEGES OF SERIES D PREFERRED STOCK OF DIANA SHIPPING INC.
(the “Company”)
Section 1.  Designation and Amount. The shares of such series shall be designated as “Series D Preferred Stock”. The Series D Preferred Stock shall have a par value of $0.01 per share, and the number of shares constituting such series shall initially be four hundred (400) which number the Board may increase or decrease (but not to less than the number of shares of Series D Preferred Stock then outstanding) from time to time.
Section 2.  No Proportional Adjustment. In the event the Company shall at any time after the issuance of any share or shares of Series D Preferred Stock (i) declare any dividend on the common stock of the Company, par value $0.01 per share (the “Common Stock”), payable in shares of Common Stock, (ii) subdivide the outstanding Common Stock or (iii) combine the outstanding Common Stock into a smaller number of shares, there shall be no adjustment to the number of outstanding shares of Series D Preferred Stock.
Section 3.  Dividends and Distributions. The Series D Preferred Stock shall not have dividend or distribution rights.
Section 4.  Voting Rights. The holders of shares of Series D Preferred Stock shall have the following voting rights:
(a)  Each share of Series D Preferred Stock shall entitle the holder thereof to one hundred thousand (100,000) votes on all matters submitted to a vote of the stockholders of the Company, provided however, that, notwithstanding any other provision of this Statement of Designation, to the extent that the total number of votes one or more holders of Series D Preferred Stock is entitled to vote (including any voting power of such holders derived from Series D Preferred Stock, shares of Common Stock or any other voting security of the Company issued and outstanding as of the date hereof or that may be issued in the future) on any matter submitted to a vote of stockholders of the Company would exceed 36.0% of the total number of votes eligible to be cast on such matter, the total number of votes that holders of Series D Preferred Stock may exercise derived from the Series D Preferred Stock together with Common Shares and any other voting securities of the Company beneficially owned by such holder, shall be reduced to the lesser of (i) 36% of the total number of votes that may be cast on such matter submitted to a vote of stockholders and (ii) the sum of (A) the voting power represented by all common shares or other securities of the Company (other than shares of the Series D Preferred Stock) held by the holder or holders of the Series D Preferred Stock measured as of the record date for any matter to be submitted to a vote of stockholders of the Company and (B) 15% of the total number of votes that may be cast on such matter submitted to a vote of stockholders.
(b)  For purposes of this Section 4, a holder of Series D Preferred Stock shall include each “beneficial owner” of such Series D Preferred Stock, as determined in accordance with Section 13d-3 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, together with any person or entity that, directly or indirectly through one or more intermediaries, controls, or is controlled by, or is under common control with, such beneficial owner.
(c)  Except as otherwise provided herein or by law, the holders of Series D Preferred Stock and the holders of shares of Common Stock shall vote together as one class on all matters submitted to a vote of stockholders of the Company.
(d)  Except as required by law, holders of Series D Preferred Stock shall have no special voting rights and their consent shall not be required (except to the extent they are entitled to vote with holders of Common Stock as set forth herein) for taking any corporate action.
Section 5.  Transfer Restrictions. The shares of Series D Preferred Stock shall not be transferable by any holder except to a member of such holder’s immediate family or to another person or entity that, directly or indirectly through one or more intermediaries, controls, or is controlled by, or is under common control with, such holder or with the prior written consent of the Company.


Section 6.  Reacquired Shares. Any shares of Series D Preferred Stock purchased or otherwise acquired by the Company in any manner whatsoever shall be retired and canceled promptly after the acquisition thereof All such shares shall upon their cancellation become authorized but unissued shares of preferred stock and may be reissued as part of a new series of preferred stock to be created by resolution or resolutions of the Board of Directors of the Company, subject to the conditions and restrictions on issuance set forth herein and in the Articles of Incorporation of the Company, as then amended.
Section 7.  Liquidation, Dissolution or Winding Up. The shares of Series D Preferred Stock shall have no liquidation rights upon any liquidation, dissolution or winding up of the Company.
Section 8.  Consolidation, Merger, etc. In case where the Company shall enter into any consolidation, merger, combination or other transaction in which the shares of Common Stock are exchanged for or changed into other stock or securities, cash and/or any other property, then in any such case the shares of Series D Preferred Stock shall at the same time be similarly exchanged or changed in an amount per share equal to the aggregate amount of stock, securities, cash and/or any other property (payable in kind), as the case may be, into which or for which each share of Common Stock is changed or exchanged.
Section 9.  No Redemption. The shares of Series D Preferred Stock shall not be redeemable.
Section 10.  Amendment. The Articles of Incorporation of the Company shall not be further amended in any manner which would materially alter or change the powers, preference or special rights of the Series D Preferred Stock so as to affect them adversely without the affirmative vote of the holders of a majority of the outstanding shares of Series D Preferred Stock, voting separately as a class.
Section 11.  Fractional Shares. Series D Preferred Stock may not be issued in fractional shares.
Section 12.  Notices. Any notice to be delivered hereunder shall be delivered (via overnight courier, facsimile or email) to each holder at its last address as it shall appear upon the books and records of the Company at least ten (10) calendar days prior to the applicable record or effective date thereinafter specified.
Section 13.  Severability. If any provision of this Statement of Designation is invalid, illegal or unenforceable, the balance of this Statement of Designation shall remain in effect, and if any provision is inapplicable to any person or circumstance, it shall nevertheless remain applicable to all other persons and circumstances.
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IN WITNESS WHEREOF, this Statement of Designations is executed on behalf of the Company by its Director, Chief Financial Officer, Chief Strategy Officer, Treasurer & Secretary on this 22nd day of June, 2021.


 
By:
/s/ Ioannis Zafirakis
 
Name:
Ioannis Zafirakis
 
Title:
Director, Chief Financial Officer, Chief Strategy Officer, Treasurer & Secretary




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