Pyxis Tankers Inc. Announces Financial Results for the Three and Six Months Ended June 30, 2018

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Maroussi, Greece, August 10, 2018 - Pyxis Tankers Inc. (NASDAQ Cap Mkts: PXS), (the "Company" or "Pyxis Tankers"), an emerging growth pure play product tanker company, today announced unaudited results for the three and six months ended June 30, 2018.

For the three months ended June 30, 2018, our time charter equivalent revenues were $5.1 million, which resulted in net loss of $1.3 million, or loss per share (basic and diluted) of $0.06, and our Adjusted EBITDA (see "Non-GAAP Measures and Definitions" below) was $1.1 million.       Valentios Valentis, our Chairman and CEO commented:

"Overall, our operating results for the second quarter of 2018 were mixed. As the quarter unfolded, the time charters for our medium range tankers ("MRs") rolled-off into a very difficult spot market at much lower rates. Weaker demand for MRs was caused by temporary market disruptions in the Atlantic basin, led by lower activity in the Gulf of Mexico, continued drawdown of inventories of refined petroleum products in storage and intrusion of larger ships, mainly newbuild crude carriers, which transported clean products on their maiden voyages. Three out of four of our MR tankers are currently in the spot market, which we hope will improve by this fall. As for our small tankers, we experienced a nice improvement in trading activity compared to the first quarter of 2018. We have continued to focus on our costs during this challenging period. The success of our efforts was clearly demonstrated during the second quarter as our total operational costs, which we define as operating expenses, general and administrative expenses and management fees per vessel per day, improved. For example, our modern eco-efficient MRs achieved an average of just over $7,500 per vessel per day in the second quarter of 2018.

"As for the balance of 2018, we continue to expect chartering activity to be challenging but with a modest upward trend as we move into the fourth quarter, which is seasonally a stronger period. We continue to believe in a longer term, sustainable improvement in charter rates as a result of attractive market fundamentals, such as significantly lower scheduled deliveries of new build MRs combined with projected solid growth in consumption by end-markets and increasing export-oriented petroleum refinery cargoes. Over the long-term, we intend to maintain our strategy of a mix of time and spot charters. Our disciplined cost structure should create operating leverage and enhance profitability when charter rates improve.

"We remain optimistic about the fundamentals of the product tanker market, specifically for MRs, and believe that Pyxis Tankers has the platform and position to take advantage of them."

For the three months ended June 30, 2018, we reported a net loss of $1.3 million, or $0.06 basic and diluted loss per share, compared to a net loss of $0.8 million, or $0.04 basic and diluted loss per share, for the same period in 2017. The increase in our net loss was primarily due to a $0.8 million decrease in time charter equivalent revenues, partially offset by a $0.3 million decrease in general and administrative expenses. Our Adjusted EBITDA was $1.1 million, representing a decrease of $0.3 million from $1.4 million for the same period in 2017.

For the six months ended June 30, 2018, we reported a net loss of $0.7 million, or $0.03 basic and diluted loss per share, compared to a net loss of $2.5 million, or $0.14 basic and diluted loss per share, for the same period in 2017. The improvement in our net loss was primarily due to the gain from debt extinguishment of $4.3 million and a $0.4 million decrease in general and administrative expenses, partially offset by the non-cash vessel impairment charge of $1.5 million related to the write down of the carrying amount of Northsea Alpha and Northsea Beta to their fair values, a $1.0 million decrease in time charter equivalent revenues and a $0.4 million increase in interest and finance costs, net. Our Adjusted EBITDA was $1.2 million, representing a decrease of $0.5 million from $1.7 million for the same period in 2017.

* Subject to rounding; please see "Non-GAAP Measures and Definitions" below.

Pursuant to our loan agreements, as of June 30, 2018, we were required to maintain minimum liquidity of $4.9 million. Total cash and cash equivalents, including restricted cash, aggregated to $5.1 million as of June 30, 2018.

Total debt (in thousands of U.S. dollars), net of deferred financing costs:

Our weighted average interest rate on our total funded debt for the six months ended June 30, 2018 was 5.05%.

Earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization ("EBITDA") represents the sum of net income / (loss), interest and finance costs, depreciation and amortization and, if any, income taxes during a period. Adjusted EBITDA represents EBITDA before vessel impairment charge, gain from debt extinguishment and gain / (loss) from financial derivative instrument. EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA are not recognized measurements under U.S. Generally Accepted Accounting Principles ("GAAP").

EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA are presented in this press release as we believe that they provide investors with means of evaluating and understanding how our management evaluates operating performance. These non-GAAP measures should not be considered in isolation from, as a substitute for, or superior to financial measures prepared in accordance with U.S. GAAP. In addition, these non-GAAP measures do not have standardized meanings, and are therefore, unlikely to be comparable to similar measures presented by other companies.

Daily time charter equivalent ("TCE") is a shipping industry performance measure of the average daily revenue performance of a vessel on a per voyage basis. TCE is not calculated in accordance with U.S. GAAP. We utilize TCE because we believe it is a meaningful measure to compare period-to-period changes in our performance despite changes in the mix of charter types (i.e., spot charters, time charters and bareboat charters) under which our vessels may be employed between the periods. Our management also utilizes TCE to assist them in making decisions regarding employment of the vessels. We calculate TCE by dividing voyage revenues after deducting voyage related costs and commissions by operating days for the relevant period. Voyage related costs and commissions primarily consist of brokerage commissions, port, canal and fuel costs that are unique to a particular voyage, which would otherwise be paid by the charterer under a time charter contract.

Vessel operating expenses ("Opex") per day are our vessel operating expenses for a vessel, which primarily consist of crew wages and related costs, insurance, lube oils, communications, spares and consumables, tonnage taxes as well as repairs and maintenance, divided by the ownership days in the applicable period.

We calculate fleet utilization by dividing the number of operating days during a period by the number of available days during the same period. We use fleet utilization to measure our efficiency in finding suitable employment for our vessels and minimizing the amount of days that our vessels are off-hire for reasons other than scheduled repairs or repairs under guarantee, vessel upgrades, special surveys and intermediate dry-dockings or vessel positioning. Ownership days are the total number of days in a period during which we owned each of the vessels in our fleet. Available days are the number of ownership days in a period, less the aggregate number of days that our vessels were off-hire due to scheduled repairs or repairs under guarantee, vessel upgrades or special surveys and intermediate dry-dockings and the aggregate number of days that we spent positioning our vessels during the respective period for such repairs, upgrades and surveys. Operating days are the number of available days in a period, less the aggregate number of days that our vessels were off-hire or out of service due to any reason, including technical breakdowns and unforeseen circumstances.

We will host a conference call to discuss our results at 9:00 a.m., Eastern Time, on August 10, 2018.

Participants should dial into the call 10 minutes before the scheduled time using the following numbers: 1 (866) 819-7111 (from the US), 0(800) 953-0329 (from the UK) or (+44) (0) 1452 542 301 (Standard International Dial In). Please quote "Pyxis Tankers."

A telephonic replay of the conference call will be available until Friday, August 17, 2018. The United States replay number is 1 (866) 247-4222; from the UK 0(800) 953-1533; the standard international replay number is (+44) (0) 1452 550 000 and the access code required for the replay is: 5478965#.

A live webcast of the conference call will be available through our website () under our Events & Presentations page. Webcast participants of the live conference call should register on the website approximately 10 minutes prior to the start of the webcast and can also access it through the following link:

An archived version of the webcast will be available on the website within approximately two hours of the completion of the call.

We own a modern fleet of six tankers engaged in seaborne transportation of refined petroleum products and other bulk liquids. We are focused on growing our fleet of medium range product tankers, which provide operational flexibility and enhanced earnings potential due to their "eco" features and modifications. We are positioned to opportunistically expand and maximize our fleet due to competitive cost structure, strong customer relationships and an experienced management team whose interests are aligned with those of its shareholders. For more information, visit: .

             

Our next drydocking is for the Pyxis Theta, scheduled in the third quarter of 2018.

This press release includes "forward-looking statements" intended to qualify for the safe harbor from liability established by the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These statements include statements about our plans, strategies, financial performance, prospects or future events and involve known and unknown risks that are difficult to predict. As a result, our actual results, performance or achievements may differ materially from those expressed or implied by these forward-looking statements. In some cases, you can identify forward-looking statements by the use of words such as "may," "could," "expect," "seek," "predict," "schedule," "project," "intend," "plan," "anticipate," "believe," "estimate," "potential," "position," "continue," "likely," "will," "would" and variations of these terms and similar expressions, or the negative of these terms or similar expressions. Such forward-looking statements are necessarily based upon estimates and assumptions that, while considered reasonable by us and our management team, are inherently uncertain. A more complete description of these risks and uncertainties can be found in our filings with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, including under the caption "Risk Factors" in our Annual Report on Form 20-F for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2017. We caution you not to place undue reliance on any forward-looking statements, which are made as of the date of this press release. We undertake no obligation to update publicly any of these forward-looking statements to reflect actual results, new information or future events, changes in assumptions or changes in other factors affecting forward-looking statements, except to the extent required by applicable laws.

Pyxis Tankers Inc.59 K. Karamanli StreetMaroussi 15125 Greece

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Henry WilliamsChief Financial OfficerTel: +30 (210) 638 0200 / +1 (516) 455-0106Email:

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