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Odyssey Marine Exploration Announces Above Market $5.0 Million Registered Direct Offering of Common Stock and Warrants

November 1, 2018

TAMPA, Fla., Nov. 01, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Odyssey Marine Exploration, Inc. (NASDAQ:OMEX), a pioneer in the field of deep-ocean exploration, announced today that it has entered into agreements with a small group of  institutional investors, led by large long-term holders of OMEX,  to receive $5.0 million in gross proceeds in a registered direct offering through the sale of common stock and warrants consisting of 700,000 shares of the company’s common stock and 700,000 5-year immediately exercisable warrants to purchase 700,000 shares of common stock at an exercise price of $7.155 per share. If the warrants are exercised for cash in full, the company would receive additional gross proceeds of approximately $5.0 million.

“This funding, when combined with the expected future revenue from contracted projects and profit participation from the current recovery project under contract, is expected to fund Odyssey into 2020, based on our current budgets,” stated Mark Gordon, President and CEO of Odyssey Marine Exploration. “The proceeds from this offering also give us flexibility to take advantage of new strategic opportunities that have the potential to deliver significant value in the near future and allow us to accelerate early stage production development or other expenses for our Mexican phosphate project.

The offering is expected to close on or about November 2, 2018, subject to the satisfaction of customary closing conditions. The net proceeds of the financing will be used for general corporate purposes, including working capital.

Chardan acted as the lead placement agent for this transaction.

The securities described above are being offered by Odyssey Marine Exploration through a prospectus supplement pursuant to Odyssey’s shelf registration statement on Form S-3 as previously filed and declared effective by the Securities and Exchange Commission and the base prospectus contained therein (Registration No. 333-227666). A prospectus supplement related to the offering will be filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). This news release shall not constitute an offer to sell or the solicitation of an offer to buy, nor shall there be any sale of these securities in any state or jurisdiction in which such offer, solicitation or sale would be unlawful prior to registration or qualification under the securities laws of any such state or jurisdiction. The securities are being be offered only by means of a prospectus, including a prospectus supplement, forming a part of the effective registration statement. Copies of the final prospectus supplement and accompanying base prospectus may be obtained, when available, by contacting Chardan Capital Markets, LLC, 150 East 58th Street, 28th Floor, New York, NY 10155, at (646) 465-9028, or the Securities and Exchange Commission's website at http://www.sec.gov.

About Odyssey Marine Exploration
Odyssey Marine Exploration, Inc. (Nasdaq:OMEX) is engaged in deep-ocean exploration using innovative methods and state-of-the-art technology to provide access to critical resources worldwide. Our core focus is the discovery, development and extraction of deep-ocean minerals. Odyssey also provides marine services for private clients and governments. For additional details, please visit www.odysseymarine.com

Forward Looking Information
Odyssey Marine Exploration believes the information set forth in this Press Release may include "forward looking statements" within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933 and Section 21E of the Securities Act of 1934. Certain factors that could cause results to differ materially from those projected in the forward-looking statements are set forth in "Risk Factors" in Part I, Item 1A of the Company's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2017, which was filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on March 26, 2018. The financial and operating projections as well as estimates of mining assets are based solely on the assumptions developed by Odyssey that it believes are reasonable based upon information available to Odyssey as of the date of this release. All projections and estimates are subject to material uncertainties and should not be viewed as a prediction or an assurance of actual future performance. The validity and accuracy of Odyssey's projections will depend upon unpredictable future events, many of which are beyond Odyssey's control and, accordingly, no assurance can be given that Odyssey's assumptions will prove true or that its projected results will be achieved.

Cautionary Note to U.S. Investors
The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) permits mining companies, in their filings with the SEC, to disclose only those mineral deposits that a company can economically and legally extract or produce. We use certain terms in this press release, such as "measured", "indicated," "inferred" and "resources," which the SEC guidelines strictly prohibit us from including in our filings with the SEC. "Inferred mineral resources" have a great amount of uncertainty as to their existence, and great uncertainty as to their economic and legal feasibility. It cannot be assumed that all or any part of an inferred mineral resource will ever be upgraded to a higher category. U.S. investors are cautioned not to assume that part or all of the inferred mineral resource exists, or is economically or legally mineable, and are urged to consider closely the disclosures in our Form 10-K which may be secured from us or from the SEC's website at http://www.sec.gov/edgar.shtml.

CONTACT:
Laura BartonOdyssey Marine Exploration, Inc.
(813) 876-1776 x 2562
laura@odysseymarine.com 

Odyssey Marine Exploration, Inc.

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