TOP Ships Inc. Announces Corporate Developments

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ATHENS, Greece, Feb. 15, 2012 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- TOP Ships Inc. (Nasdaq:TOPS), an international maritime shipping company that provides transportation services for crude oil, petroleum products, and dry bulk commodities, announced today that the Company's Board of Directors voted unanimously to reduce the size of the Board of Directors from seven Directors to four Directors in order to reduce the Company's administrative expenses. In order to achieve such reduction, three of the Company's existing Directors, Roy Gibbs, Marios Hamboullas and Yiannakis C. Economou, are resigning from the Board of Directors, effective February 15, 2012.

Further, the Company has reached an agreement with Central Mare Inc. that will result in a reduction of approximately 30% in the management fees currently paid by the Company. Specifically, it has been agreed that the accounting and financial reporting fees be reduced by more than 60% in order to reflect the current size of the Company's fleet. The reduced fees will apply retroactively from January 1, 2012.

About TOP Ships Inc.

TOP Ships Inc. is an international maritime shipping company that provides transportation services for crude oil, petroleum products, and dry bulk commodities.

For more information about TOP Ships Inc., visit its website: www.topships.org.

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, failure of a seller to deliver one or more vessels or of a buyer to accept delivery of one or more vessels, inability to procure acquisition financing, default by one or more charterers of our ships, changes in the demand for crude oil and petroleum products, changes in demand for dry bulk shipping capacity, changes in our operating expenses, including bunker prices, drydocking and insurance costs, the market for our vessels, availability of financing and refinancing, 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, vessels 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.

Alexandros Tsirikos
Chief Financial Officer
TOP Ships Inc.
1, Vassilissis Sofias Str. &
Meg. Alexandrou Str.
151 24, Maroussi, Greece
Tel: +30 210 812 8180
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