NewLead Holdings Ltd. Receives NASDAQ Notification Letter Regarding Minimum Bid Price Rule

February 12, 2010

PIRAEUS, Greece, Feb. 12 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ — NewLead Holdings Ltd. (Nasdaq: NEWL) (the “Company” or “NewLead”) announced today that on February 8, 2010 the Company received written notification from The Nasdaq Stock Market, LLC (“NASDAQ”) indicating that because the closing bid price of the Company’s common stock for the previous 30 consecutive business days was below the minimum $1.00 per share bid price requirement for continued listing on The Nasdaq Global Select Market, the Company is not in compliance with Nasdaq Listing Rule 5450(a)(1).

NewLead’s common stock will continue to be listed and traded on The Nasdaq Global Select Market during the applicable grace period of 180 calendar days. During the grace period, the Company may regain compliance with the minimum bid price requirement by maintaining a closing bid price at or above $1.00 per share for at least ten consecutive business days pursuant to Listing Rule 5810(c)(3)(A). Beyond this 180-day period ending August 9, 2010, the Company may also be eligible for an additional grace period provided it demonstrates compliance with all the initial standards for listing on The Nasdaq Capital Market as set forth in Listing Rule 5505, with the exception of the minimum bid price.

The Company continues to monitor its closing bid price and is considering its options in order to regain compliance with the bid price requirement.

About NewLead Holdings Ltd.

NewLead Holdings Ltd. is an international shipping company that owns and operates product tanker and dry bulk vessels. The Company’s products tanker fleet consists of five MR tankers and four Panamax tankers, all of which are double-hulled. The Company also owns dry bulk vessels, three Capesize, secured on period charters.

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