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Thursday 27 March, 2008

Blue Star Maritime

Final Results

Blue Star Maritime S.A.
27 March 2008

                                BLUE STAR MARITIME S.A.

                                    PRESS RELEASE

                    REVENUE INCREASES BY 19.1% AND EBITDA BY 8.5%
                              IN 2007 COMPARED TO 2006

                        SUGGESTED DIVIDEND PER SHARE EURO 0.09

The Board of Directors of Blue Star Maritime S.A. is pleased to announce that
the Group in 2007 managed to increase revenue and to improve its already
significant operational results despite the increase in the price of fuel oil.
In specific, consolidated revenue stood at Euro 168.13 mln against Euro 141.16
mln in the previous year, an increase of 19.1%.  Earnings before taxes,
investing and financial results, depreciation and amortization (EBITDA) grew to
Euro 44.31 mln against Euro 40.83 mln (8.5% increase) while Profit after taxes
and minority interests stood at Euro 21.45 mln against Euro 21.76 in 2006 (1.4%

For fiscal year 2007, following the results of the Company and the Group, the
outlook for the current year and the prevailing macroeconomic and market
conditions, the Board of Directors will propose to the Annual General Meeting of
Shareholders the distribution of dividend of Euro 0.09 per share. Total
suggested dividend payable stands at Euro 9.45 mln.

The Group's key financials for year 2007 compared to the previous year are:

In Euro thousand
(except sailings)               2007                       2006            Ch.%

Sailings                       4,393                      4,139           +6.1%

Revenue                      168,131                    141,160          +19.1%

Earnings before Taxes,
Investing & Financial Results,
Depreciation &
Amortization (EBITDA)         44,312                     40,834           +8.5%

Net Profit after Taxes
& Minority interests          21,451                     21,763           -1.4%

The increase in revenue is mainly attributed to the improvement in total volumes
carried in the Dodecanese Islands routes, due to the deployment of car -
passenger ferry Diagoras throughout 2007 for the first time. The vessel was
acquired in July 2006 and was deployed in August 2006. The redeployment of Blue
Star 1 from the Adriatic to the North Sea route since 29th of January 2007, was
another contributing factor to the significant increase in Group's revenue.
Finally, in the Cycladic routes, where four out of eight vessels of the Group
are deployed, the increase in yield obtained per passenger and vehicle carried
has contributed to the revenue increase.

The operating profitability (EBITDA) of the Greek domestic market, remained at
the same approximately levels compared to the previous year (Euro 35.65 mln in
2007 against Euro 35.88 mln in 2006) despite the increase in total volumes
carried and in revenue. This development was mainly due to the high price of
fuel oil and an extensive schedule of vessel maintenance that took place in
2007. The increase in operational profitability for the Group compared to year
2006 is contributed to the sound decision of the Group's management to maintain
one vessel, Blue Horizon, in the Adriatic Sea and to redeploy Blue Star 1 in the
North Sea. The operating result of both vessels, combined together, has clearly
improved in 2007 against year 2006 despite the adverse conditions of the market.

Net profit after taxes and minority interests stood at Euro 21.45 mln, slightly
lower from Euro 21.76 mln in 2006. The decrease in net profits is due to the
increase of financial expenses because of the increase in interest rates and the
negative foreign exchange differences that arised during the fiscal year 2007.
Furthermore, depreciation expenses increased due to the addition of Diagoras in
our fleet and at the same time fiscal year 2007 does not include any
extraordinary profits from sale of vessels that for the fiscal year 2006 stood
at Euro 1.3 mln approximately.

As regards the Balance Sheet and the Cash Flow Statement, Blue Star Group
maintains its strong cash position with cash and cash equivalents growing to
Euro 51.18 mln compared to 2006 year-end that stood at Euro 42.24 mln.
Furthermore, cash flow from operating activities increased significantly and
stood at Euro 32.05 mln against Euro 23.77 mln in 2006. At the same time, the
Group reduced its long-term liabilities.

Total Equity after minority interests of the Group stood at Euro 228.55 mln
against Euro 215.03 mln in 2006.

The long-term liabilities of the Group decreased and stood at Euro 163.59 mln in
2007 against Euro 176.75 mln in 2006. The Group's Debt to Equity ratio is
approximately 0.72 which is considered satisfactory compared to the sector's

Developments in the Sector

On 1st October 2007, according to a decision of competent Greek Authorities, all
passenger ships operating on regular services are obliged to comply with the
European Directive regarding the use of Low Sulphur fuel. The higher cost of Low
Sulphur fuel (approximately Euro 15-20 per m/t) combined to the fact that
current fuel prices have reached very high levels, will have a negative impact
in the financial results of all companies in the sector.

Traffic volumes

Total volumes for the Group in 2007, stood at 3,416,382 passengers, 458,611
private vehicles and 159,059 freight units. Compared to the previous year, these
figures represent a 1.9% increase in passenger volumes while private vehicle
volumes grew by 7.7% and freight units volumes grew by 11.2%, over 6.1% more
sailings compared to 2006.

Important developments of fiscal year 2007

In January 2007, the vessel Blue Star 1 was redeployed from the Greece-Italy
route to the Scotland-Belgium route in the North Sea. Blue Star 1 commenced
successfully its service on the route on 29th January, 2007.

In September 2007, the parent company Blue Star Maritime S.A., sold its
properties (office buildings) located in the city of Piraeus and in the town of
Rhodes. The total sale price stood at Euro 2.4 mln, enhancing the Group's cash

On October 23, 2007, MIG SHIPPING S.A., a wholly owned subsidiary of MARFIN
INVESTMENT GROUP HOLDINGS S.A., submitted a mandatory Public Offer to the
shareholders of Blue Star Maritime S.A. in respect of the purchase of the
entirety of their common bearer shares with voting rights, at the price of Euro
3.83 per share, in cash.

Important developments after 31.12.2007

On 4th January, 2008, MIG Shipping S.A., announced the results of the mandatory
Public Offer to the shareholders of Blue Star Maritime S.A. According to the
announcement, MIG Shipping S.A., MIG and Attica Holdings S.A., held shares
representing 84.45% of the Company's total share capital.

On 26th February, 2008, the Board of Directors announced its decision to merge
by absorption Blue Star Maritime S.A. by the Athens Exchange listed Attica

Outlook for the Group

Group's future outlook for fiscal year 2008 lies in full harmonization with
Attica Group's future strategy following the decision of the Board of Directors
of both Companies, to merge by absorption the Blue Star Maritime S.A. by Attica
Holdings S.A., as per provisions of articles 69-77a of Common Law 2190/1920, of
articles 1 to 5 of Law 2166/1993 and other provisions of commercial law as

In this context, the Group's management will continue to examine the development
of new routes and the strengthening of the existing ones in the International
and Greek domestic market, through the acquisition or building of modern
conventional vessels, provided that suitable market conditions develop. The
Group's management is in contact with shipyards for building new vessels.

                            Voula, 27th March, 2008

                             The Board of Directors

The Consolidated and Company Financial Statements will be published in the press
and will be posted on the Athens Exchange and Group (www.
websites today, Thursday 27th March, 2008.

For more information please contact:

Mr. Dionissis Theodoratos


Tel.: +30 210 891 9820

Fax: +30 210 891 9829

e-mail: [email protected]

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