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Navios Maritime Partners L.P. Reports Financial Results for the Fourth Quarter and Year Ended December 31, 2010

2.4% increase in cash distribution to $0.43 per unit for Q4 2010
67.3% increase in quarterly Net Income to $18.4 million
89.5% increase in quarterly Operating Surplus to $27.1 million
80.9% increase in quarterly Adjusted EBITDA to $32.2 million

PIRAEUS, GREECE, January 24, 2011 - Navios Maritime Partners L.P. ("Navios Partners") (NYSE: NMM), an owner and operator of dry cargo vessels, today reported its financial results for the fourth quarter and year ended December 31, 2010.

Ms. Angeliki Frangou, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Navios Partners, stated: "We are pleased to increase our cash distribution per unit for the fourth quarter. This is the third increase in the last four quarters, and the $0.43 per unit distribution represents an increase of approximately 5% over the fourth quarter of 2009."

Ms. Frangou continued, "Overall, 2010 was a good year for Navios Partners. We grew the asset base substantially by adding 5 new vessels, all with long-term charters. At the same time, we reduced our leverage ratios. As we look forward, we believe that Navios Partners is well positioned for growth, and we will continue to pursue opportunities with the goal of growing our asset base, cash flow and distribution."

RECENT DEVELOPMENTS

Increase in Cash Distributions

The Board of Directors of Navios Partners declared a cash distribution for the fourth quarter of 2010 of $0.43 per unit. This represents an increase of 2.4% from the cash distribution of $0.42 per unit declared for the third quarter of 2010. The distribution is payable on February 14, 2011 to holders of record on February 9, 2011.

Vessel Acquisitions

On November 15, 2010, Navios Partners purchased from Navios Maritime Holdings Inc. ("Navios Holdings") two vessels with attached charter-out agreements: the Navios Melodia, a 179,132 dwt Capesize vessel built in 2010, for a price of $78.8 million, and the Navios Fulvia, a 179,263 dwt Capesize vessel built in 2010, for a price of $98.2 million. The Navios Melodia has been chartered-out at a net rate of $29,356 per day until September 2022, contributing an annualized EBITDA of approximately $8.4 million. Navios Fulvia has been chartered-out at a net rate of $50,588 per day until September 2015, contributing an annualized EBITDA of approximately $16.0 million.

Following the acquisitions of the Navios Melodia and Navios Fulvia, Navios Partners' operational fleet consists of 16 drybulk vessels comprised of one Ultra-Handymax, five Capesize and ten Panamax vessels. The fleet has a total capacity of approximately 1.7 million dwt and an average age of approximately 5.0 years.

Credit Facility

On December 15, 2010, Navios Partners entered into an amendment to its existing credit facility ("Credit Facility") and borrowed an additional $50.0 million under a new tranche to partially finance the acquisitions of the Navios Melodia and Navios Fulvia. The amendment provides for, among other things, a new interest rate margin ranging from 1.65% to 1.95% depending on the applicable loan to value ratio, improved amortization profile with a repayment schedule that begins in February 2011 and reduction of minimum liquidity by approximately $20.0 million.

Long-Term and Insured Cash Flow

Navios Partners has entered into long-term time charter-out agreements for all 16 vessels with a remaining average term of 4.6 years, providing a stable base of revenue and distributable cash flow. Navios Partners has currently contracted out 100.0% for 2011, 94.7% for 2012 and 75.1% for 2013, generating revenues of approximately $176.6 million, $170.1 million and $133.9 million, respectively. The average contractual daily charter-out rate for the fleet is $30,248, $30,669 and $32,560 for 2011, 2012 and 2013, respectively. The average daily charter-in rate for the active long-term charter-in vessels for 2011 is $13,513.

Navios Partners' charter-out contracts are insured by an AA+ rated European Union governmental agency.

FINANCIAL HIGHLIGHTS

For the following results and the selected financial data presented herein, Navios Partners has compiled consolidated statement of operations for the three month period and the year ended December 31, 2010 and 2009. The quarterly 2010 and 2009 information was derived from the unaudited condensed consolidated financial statements for the respective periods. Adjusted EBITDA and Operating Surplus are non-US GAAP financial measures and should not be used in isolation or substitution for Navios Partners' results.



Three month periods ended December 31, 2010 and 2009

Time charter and voyage revenues for the three month period ended December 31, 2010 increased by $16.9 million or 66.0% to $42.5 million, as compared to $25.6 million for the same period in 2009. The increase was mainly attributable to the acquisitions of the Navios Apollon on October 29, 2009, the Navios Hyperion on January 8, 2010, the Navios Aurora II on March 18, 2010, the Navios Pollux on May 21, 2010 and the Navios Melodia and Navios Fulvia on November 15, 2010. As a result of the vessel acquisitions, available days of the fleet increased to 1,381 days for the three month period ended December 31, 2010, as compared to 983 days for the same period in 2009.

Adjusted EBITDA increased by $14.4 million or 80.9% to $32.2 million for the three month period ended December 31, 2010 as compared to $17.8 million for the same period of 2009. This $14.4 million increase in EBITDA was due to: (a) a $16.9 million increase in revenue as a result of the acquisitions of the Navios Apollon in October 2009, the Navios Hyperion in January 2010, the Navios Aurora II in March 2010, the Navios Pollux in May 2010, and the Navios Melodia and Navios Fulvia in November 2010; and (b) a $0.6 million decrease in time charter and voyage expenses, mainly as a result of the exercise of the purchase option of the Navios Sagittarius which became part of the owned fleet on January 12, 2010. The above increase was partially offset by a $2.6 million increase in management fees and a $0.5 million increase in general and administrative expenses as a result of the increased number of vessels in Navios Partners' fleet.

The reserve for estimated maintenance and replacement capital expenditures for the three month periods ended December 31, 2010 and 2009 was $4.0 million and $2.1 million, respectively (please see Reconciliation of Non-GAAP Financial Measures in Exhibit 3). Expansion capital expenditures for each of the three month periods ended December 31, 2010 and 2009 was $162.0 million and $34.5 million, respectively.

Navios Partners generated an Operating Surplus for the three month period ended December 31, 2010 of $27.1 million, as compared to $14.3 million for the three month period ended December 31, 2009. Operating Surplus is a non-GAAP financial measure used by certain investors to measure the financial performance of Navios Partners and other master limited partnerships (please see Reconciliation of Non-GAAP Financial Measures in Exhibit 3).

Net income for the three months ended December 31, 2010 amounted to $18.4 million compared to $11.0 million for the three months ended December 31, 2009. The increase in net income by $7.4 million was due to: (a) a $14.4 million increase in Adjusted EBITDA; (b) a $0.3 million increase in interest income; and (c) a $0.2 million decrease in interest expense, and was partially offset by a $7.6 million increase in depreciation and amortization expense due to the acquisition of the Navios Sagittarius, the Navios Apollon, the Navios Hyperion, the Navios Aurora II, the Navios Pollux, the Navios Melodia and the Navios Fulvia and the favorable lease terms recognized in relation to these acquisitions.

Years ended December 31, 2010 and 2009

Time charter and voyage revenues for the year ended December 31, 2010 increased by $50.6 million or 54.6% to $143.2 million as compared to $92.6 million for the same period in 2009. The increase was mainly attributable to the acquisition of the rights to the Navios Sagittarius in June 2009 and the acquisition of the Navios Apollon on October 29, 2009, the Navios Hyperion on January 8, 2010, the Navios Aurora II on March 18, 2010, the Navios Pollux on May 21, 2010 and the Navios Melodia and Navios Fulvia on November 15, 2010. As a result of the vessels' acquisitions, available days of the fleet increased to 4,879 days for the year ended December 31, 2010, as compared to 3,553 days for the same period in 2009.

Adjusted EBITDA increased by $42.6 million or 66.0% to $107.1 million for the year ended December 31, 2010, as compared to $64.5 million for the same period of 2009. This $42.6 million increase in Adjusted EBITDA was due to: (a) a $50.6 million increase in revenue as a result of the acquisition of the rights to the Navios Sagittarius in June 2009 and the acquisition of the Navios Apollon in October 2009, the Navios Hyperion in January 2010, the Navios Aurora II in March 2010, the Navios Pollux in May 2010 and the Navios Melodia and the Navios Fulvia in November 2010; and (b) a $1.9 million decrease in time charter and voyage expenses as a result of the exercise of the purchase option of the Navios Sagittarius which became part of the owned fleet on January 12, 2010. The above increase was partially offset by: (a) a $8.7 million increase in management fees as a result of the increased number of vessels in Navios Partners' fleet; and (b) a $1.1 million increase in general and administrative expenses.

The reserve for estimated maintenance and replacement capital expenditures for the years ended December 31, 2010 and 2009 was $14.7 million and $8.0 million, respectively. Expansion capital expenditures for the year ended December 31, 2010 and 2009 was $447.8 million and $69.1 million, respectively.

Navios Partners generated an Operating Surplus for the year ended December 31, 2010 of $87.6 million in comparison with $49.2 million for the year ended December 31, 2009. Operating Surplus is a non-GAAP financial measure used by certain investors to measure the financial performance of Navios Partners and other master limited partnerships.

Net income for the year ended December 31, 2010 amounted to $60.5 million compared to $34.3 million for the year ended December 31, 2009. The increase in net income by $26.2 million was due to: (a) a $42.6 million increase in Adjusted EBITDA; (b) a $6.1 million non-cash compensation expense incurred during the year ended December 31, 2009; (c) a $1.7 million decrease in interest expense; (d) a $0.8 million increase in interest income; and (e) a $0.3 million decrease in direct vessel expenses. The overall increase of $51.5 million was partially offset by a $25.3 million increase in depreciation and amortization expense due to the acquisition of the Navios Sagittarius, the Navios Apollon, the Navios Hyperion, the Navios Aurora II, the Navios Pollux, the Navios Melodia and the Navios Fulvia and the favorable lease terms that were recognized in relation to these acquisitions.

Fleet Employment Profile

The following table reflects certain key indicators indicative of the performance of Navios Partners and its core fleet performance for the three month period and the year ended December 31, 2010 and 2009.



(1) Available days for the fleet represent total calendar days the vessels were in our possession for the relevant period after subtracting off-hire days associated with major repairs, drydockings or special surveys. The shipping industry uses available days to measure the number of days in a relevant period during which a vessel is capable of generating revenues.

(2) Operating days is the number of available days in the relevant period less the aggregate number of days that the vessels are off-hire due to any reason, including unforeseen circumstances. The shipping industry uses operating days to measure the aggregate number of days in a relevant period during which vessels actually generate revenues.

(3) Fleet utilization is the percentage of time that our vessels were available for revenue generating available days, and is determined by dividing the number of operating days during a relevant period by the number of available days during that period. The shipping industry uses fleet utilization to measure efficiency in finding employment for vessels.

Conference Call details:

Navios Partners' management will host a conference call today, Monday, January 24, 2011 to discuss the results for the fourth quarter and year ended December 31, 2010.

Conference Call details:

Call Date/Time: Monday, January 24, 2011 at 08:30 am EST
Call Title: Navios Partners Q4 and FY 2010 Financial Results Conference Call
US Dial In: +1.866.394.0817
International Dial In: +1.706.679.9759
Conference ID: 3612 4920

The conference call replay will be available shortly after the live call and remain available for one week at the following numbers:

US Replay Dial In: +1.800.642.1687
International Replay Dial In: +1.706.645.9291
Conference ID" 36124920

Slides and audio webcast:

There will also be a live webcast of the conference call, through the Navios Partners website (www.navios-mlp.com) under "Investors". Participants to the live webcast should register on the website approximately 10 minutes prior to the start of the webcast.

A supplemental slide presentation will be available on the Navios Partners website under the "Investors" section at 7:45 am EST on the day of the call.

About Navios Maritime Partners L.P.

Navios Partners (NYSE: NMM) is a publicly traded master limited partnership which owns and operates dry cargo vessels. For more information, please visit our website at www.navios-mlp.com

Forward Looking Statements

This press release contains forward-looking statements (as defined in Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended) concerning future events and Navios Partners' growth strategy and measures to implement such strategy; including expected vessel acquisitions and entering into further time charters. Words such as "may," "expects," "intends," "plans," "believes," "anticipates," "hopes," "estimates," and variations of such words and similar expressions are intended to identify forward-looking statements. Such statements include comments regarding expected revenue and time charters. Although the Navios Partners believes that the expectations reflected in such forward-looking statements are reasonable, no assurance can be given that such expectations will prove to have been correct. These statements involve known and unknown risks and are based upon a number of assumptions and estimates which are inherently subject to significant uncertainties and contingencies, many of which are beyond the control of Navios Partners. Actual results may differ materially from those expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. Factors that could cause actual results to differ materially include, but are not limited to changes in the demand for dry bulk vessels, competitive factors in the market in which Navios Partners operates; risks associated with operations outside the United States; and other factors listed from time to time in the Navios Partners' filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Navios Partners expressly disclaims any obligations or undertaking to release publicly any updates or revisions to any forward-looking statements contained herein to reflect any change in Navios Partners' expectations with respect thereto or any change in events, conditions or circumstances on which any statement is based.

Contacts

Public and Investor Relations Contact:
Navios Maritime Partners L.P.
Investors@navios-mlp.com
+1 (212) 906 8645

Investor Relations/Media Advisor:

Nicolas Bornozis
Capital Link, Inc.
Tel. (212) 661-7566
E-mail: naviospartners@capitallink.com








(1) Represents the initial expiration date of the time charter and, if applicable, the new time charter expiration date for the vessels with new time charters.

(2) Net time charter-out rate per day (net of commissions). Represents the charter-out rate during the time charter period prior to the time charter expiration date and, if applicable, the charter-out rate under the new time charter.

(3) Profit sharing 50% above $16,984/ day based on Baltic Panamax TC Average.

(4) The Navios Prosperity is chartered-in for seven years starting from June 19, 2008 and we will have options to extend for two one-year periods. We have the option to purchase the vessel after June 2012 at a purchase price that is initially 3.8 billion Yen declining each year by 145 million Yen.

(5) The Navios Aldebaran was delivered on March 17, 2008. Navios Aldebaran is chartered-in for seven years and we have options to extend for two one-year periods. We have the option to purchase the vessel after March 2013 at a purchase price that is initially 3.6 billion Yen declining each year by 150 million Yen.

EXHIBIT 3

Disclosure of Non-GAAP Financial Measures

1. EBITDA

Adjusted EBITDA represents net income plus interest and finance costs plus depreciation and amortization and income taxes, plus the non-cash consideration for the release of the obligation to acquire the Navios Bonavis. Adjusted EBITDA is included because it is used by certain investors to measure a company's financial performance. Adjusted EBITDA is a "non-GAAP financial measure" and should not be considered a substitute for net income, cash flow from operating activities and other operations or cash flow statement data prepared in accordance with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States or as a measure of profitability or liquidity.

Adjusted EBITDA is presented to provide additional information with respect to Navios Partners' ability to satisfy its obligations including debt service, capital expenditures, working capital requirements and determination of cash distribution. While Adjusted EBITDA is frequently used as a measure of operating results and the ability to meet debt service requirements, the definition of Adjusted EBITDA used here may not be comparable to that used by other companies due to differences in methods of calculation.

2. Operating Surplus

Operating Surplus represents net income adjusted for depreciation and amortization expense, non-cash interest expense and estimated maintenance and replacement capital expenditures. We have redefined Operating Surplus to exclude expansion capital expenditures. Maintenance and replacement capital expenditures are those capital expenditures required to maintain over the long term the operating capacity of, or the revenue generated by, Navios Partners' capital assets.

Operating Surplus is a quantitative measure used in the publicly-traded partnership investment community to assist in evaluating a partnership's ability to make quarterly cash distributions. Operating Surplus is not required by accounting principles generally accepted in the United States and should not be considered as an alternative to net income or any other indicator of Navios Partners' performance required by accounting principles generally accepted in the United States.

3. Available Cash

Available Cash generally means, for each fiscal quarter, all cash on hand at the end of the quarter:

  • less the amount of cash reserves established by the board of directors to:
    • provide for the proper conduct of Navios Partners' business (including reserve for maintenance and replacement capital expenditures);
    • comply with applicable law, any of Navios Partners' debt instruments, or other agreements; or
    • provide funds for distributions to the unitholders and to the general partner for any one or more of the next four quarters;
  • plus all cash on hand on the date of determination of available cash for the quarter resulting from working capital borrowings made after the end of the quarter. Working capital borrowings are generally borrowings that are made under any revolving credit or similar agreement used solely for working capital purposes or to pay distributions to partners.
Available Cash is a quantitative measure used in the publicly-traded partnership investment community to assist in evaluating a partnership's ability to make quarterly cash distributions. Available cash is not required by accounting principles generally accepted in the United States and should not be considered as an alternative to net income or any other indicator of Navios Partners' performance required by accounting principles generally accepted in the United States.






A COMPLETE COPY OF THE AUDITED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS FOR THE FISCAL YEAR ENDED DECEMBER 31, 2014 MAY BE REQUESTED, FREE OF CHARGE, BY CONTACTING:

Navios Maritime Partners L.P.
7, Avenue de Grande Bretagne
Office 11B2
MC 98000 Monaco
Tel: (377) 9798-2140
Fax: (377) 9798-2141
Email: naviospartners@capitallink.com