Euronav Acquires 3 Newbuild VLCCs
Belgium's tanker shipping company Euronav NV has entered into an agreement for the acquisition through resale of three very large crude carrier (VLCC) newbuilds.The three VLCCs are currently completing construction at the DSME shipyard in South Korea and are being acquired for an aggregate purchase price of USD 280.5 million or USD 93.5 million per unit.All three vessels will be fitted with Exhaust Gas Scrubber technology and Ballast Water Treatment System.The vessels are due…
Hugo De Stoop Takes over as Euronav CEO
Hugo De Stoop, currently CFO at Euronav NV, is the choice to succeed Paddy Rodgers as CEO of the company. The company expects the transitiion to be complte in the second quarter of 2019.
Norton Rose Fulbright, Citibank on USD 2.2bln Danaos Corp Restructuring
Global law firm Norton Rose Fulbright has advised Citigroup and other lenders of Danaos on a $2.2 billion restructuring of NYSE-listed Danaos Corp (DAC), one of the world’s largest independent owners of modern, large-size containerships.Norton Rose Fulbright’s Athens, London and New York offices advised Citigroup and certain other lenders (including China Exim Bank and Eurobank) on new money, take out and refinancing facilities, restructuring support agreements, debt for equity arrangements…
International Seaways Completes Acquisition of Six Euronav VLCCs
US-based tanker shipping company International Seaways (INSW) has completed the acquisition of six 300,000 dwt very large crude carriers (VLCCs) from Euronav NV. The tanker company providing energy transportation services for crude oil, petroleum products and liquefied natural gas announced in a press release that it has completed its previously announced acquisition of six 300,000 DWT VLCCs for a purchase price of $434 million, inclusive of assumed debt, from Euronav. The six vessels have an average age of two years and include five 2016-built VLCCs and one 2015-built VLCC…
Euronav Sells Suezmax Cap Jean
Tanker company Euronav NV announced that it has sold the Suezmax Cap Jean (1998 – 146,643 dwt) for USD 10.6 million. The vessel was delivered to her new owners on June 8th. The Company will record a capital gain of approximately USD 10.6 million in the current quarter. The sale of the Cap Jean is part of a fleet rejuvenation program. Together with the sale Euronav is taking in operation four new Suezmax vessels, of which two have already been delivered, with the remaining two due for delivery from the Hyundai yard in South Korea (HHI) during summer 2018.
International Seaways Confirms Acquisition of Six VLCCs from Euronav
Tanker company International Seaways said that it has entered into a stock purchase and sale agreement to acquire the holding companies for six VLCCs from Euronav NV in connection with the closing of Euronav’s announced acquisition of Gener8 Maritime. The $434 million transaction is inclusive of assumed debt, and includes five 2016-built VLCCs and one 2015-built VLCC, each constructed at Shanghai Waigaoqiao Shipbuilding Co. The Company intends to fund the transaction, which is expected to close in the second quarter of 2018…
International Seaways Funds FSO Joint Ventures
International Seaways announced that its joint ventures with Euronav NV, which own the FSO Africa and FSO Asia floating storage and offloading service vessels, have closed on a $220 million credit facility. Based on INSW’s 50% ownership in the joint ventures, the Company has received $110 million in proceeds from the drawdown of the facility, which it expects to use for general corporate purposes, including to partially fund the previously announced VLCC acquisition. “With the $110 million term loan…
Euronav Secures Loan for Four Ice-class Suezmaxes
Tanker shipping company Euronav has secured a loan facility providing financing for four ice-class suezmax newbuildings under construction by Hyundai Samho Heavy Industries Co., Ltd., two of which have recently been delivered with the remaining two scheduled for delivery later in 2018.Watson Farley & Williams LLP (WFW) said it acted for Crédit Agricole Corporate & Investment Bank in relation to a $173.5 million loan facility for Euronav NV signed on March 22, 2018. The commercial lenders were Crédit Agricole Corporate & Investment Bank…
International Seaways Updates on VLCC Acquisition and MR Vessel Sales
International Seaways, one of the largest tanker companies worldwide, said it acquired a 2010-built VLCC for $53 million, the Seaways Raffles, which commenced trading in the Tankers International pool, during the fourth quarter of 2017. During the fourth quarter, the company, which provides energy transportation services for crude oil and petroleum products in International Flag markets, sold a 2004-built MR, which was delivered to buyers in November 2017. The Company also sold a 2002-built MR…
International Seaways Acquires Six VLCCs
International Seaways has entered into a binding letter of intent to acquire the holding companies for six 300,000 DWT VLCCs with an average age of 1.7 years from Euronav NV in connection with the closing of Euronav’s announced acquisition of Gener8 Maritime, Inc. (GNRT). The purchase price for the six-vessel acquisition is $434 million, inclusive of assumed debt. The six vessels that INSW has agreed to acquire include five 2016-built VLCCs and one 2015-built VLCC, each constructed at Shanghai Waigaoqiao Shipbuilding Co.…
Euronav: VLCC Order Book Expands
The challenging freight market during the third quarter came despite some encouraging signs with active scrapping of vessels returning (nine VLCCs scrapped plus one removed from fleet for FPSO project; six Suezmax scrapped during the third quarter) incentivized by a steel price at near three-year highs, says Euronav NV. This was supported by continued upgrades to crude oil demand with the IEA raising its forecast for 2017 from 1.2 mbpd to 1.6 mbpd over the course of the third quarter and U.S. crude exports again making further progress to record on average 933k bpd for the third quarter.
Positive Trends in Tanker Market
Euronav NV CEO Paddy Rodgers said that the company's financial results for Q1 was a confirmation of our thesis: short term challenges but a positive medium structure building for the tanker sector. On the positive side demand for crude oil remains robust. The recently adjusted IEA forecast for 2017 at 1.3 million bpd growth still drives a requirement equivalent to an additional 35-45 VLCCs of shipping demand for 2017 alone depending on sourcing as most demand growth is from the Far East and therefore will need to be shipped.
Euronav Share Buyback
Euronav NV (NYSE: EURN & Euronext: EURN) (“Euronav” or the “Company”) today announces that the Company has purchased 192,415 of its own shares on Euronext Brussels for an aggregate price of EUR 1,528,211. Following these transactions, the Company now owns 1,042,415 own shares (0.65% of the total outstanding shares). Euronav may continue to buy back its own shares opportunistically. The extent to which it does and the timing of these purchases, will depend upon a variety of factors, including market conditions, regulatory requirements and other corporate considerations.
Frontline, Diamond S. Shipping & Euronav Form Suezmax Chartering
Frontline Ltd. ("Frontline"), today announces the formation of Suezmax Chartering, a commercial joint venture with Diamond S. Shipping LLC and Euronav NV. The aim of the joint venture is to create a single point of contact for cargo owners to access a large fleet of 43 modern Suezmax vessels, traded operated on the spot market. Frontline will contribute 22 vessels to the joint venture, including 14 vessels on the water and 8 newbuildings as they are delivered. A larger fleet will…
Euronav, Bretta Terminate Suezmax Joint Venture
Euronav NV and Bretta Tanker Holdings Inc. have agreed to terminate their joint venture covering four Suezmax vessels: the Captain Michael (2012 - 157,648 dwt), the Maria (2011 - 157,523 dwt), the Eugenie (2010 - 157,672 dwt) and the Devon (2011 - 157,642 dwt). Euronav will assume full ownership of the two youngest vessels, the Captain Michael and the Maria, and Bretta will assume full ownership of the Eugenie and the Devon. Euronav will compensate its partner for the difference…
Euronav Reports: Tanker Market is "Full Steam Ahead"
Euronav NV (NYSE: EURN) this morning issued a release to set the record straight with investors, from its perspective, on current market conditions in the large tanker market. According to Euronav, despite the current capital market's predominantly negative sentiment , Euronav said that it continues to experience robust and fundamental strength in the VLCC and Suezmax sectors. The average daily time charter equivalent rates (TCE) obtained by the company’s fleet in the tankers International pool in the fourth quarter 2015 was approximately $62,000 per day (4Q14: $31,650/day).
Paddy Rodgers Named CMA 2016 Commodore
Award to be presented March 23, 2016 at the conclusion of the CMA’s Shipping 2016 Annual Conference and Exposition. Mr. Paddy Rodgers, CEO of Euronav NV has been named as the Connecticut Maritime Association (CMA) Commodore for the year 2016. Rodgers follows a long succession of influential maritime industry leaders as Commodore. The 2016 Commodore Award will be presented on March 23, 2016 at the Gala Dinner marking the conclusion of the annual Connecticut Maritime Association conference and trade exposition, at the Hilton Hotel in Stamford, Connecticut, USA.
Euronav Acquires $ 750 mi Facility
The Executive Committee of Euronav NV today announced that it has signed a new USD 750 million senior secured amortizing revolving credit facility led by DNB Bank ASA and Nordea Bank Norge ASA acting as Coordinators, Mandated Lead Arrangers and Bookrunners and ABN AMRO Bank NV, ING Bank NV and Skandinaviska Enskilda Banken AB (publ) (SEB) acting as Mandated Lead Arrangers and Bookrunners and Crédit Agricole Corporate and Investment Bank acting as Lead Arranger whilst KBC Bank NV, Scotiabank Europe plc and Société Générale acting as Co-Arrangers.
NITC Claims World's Largest Supertanker Fleet
According to the head of the National Iranian Tanker Company (NITC), Iran has 42 very large crude carriers or VLCCs, each able to carry 2 million barrels of oil, reports Press TV. NITC has recently announced that after buying 20 oil tanker from China during the last two and half years, now it has 42 super-tankers with very large crude carriers (VLCC) in its navy. “No other company in the world owns that number of VLCCs,” NITC’s commercial director Nasrollah Sardashti has said.
Euronav’s $235m Maersk Venture
Euronav NV announces today that following the closing of its Initial Public Offering (“IPO”) of its ordinary shares on NYSE, the Company will repay the USD 235.5 million bond issued to partly finance the acquisition of 15 VLCCs from Maersk Tankers Singapore Pte Ltd announced on 5 January 2014. The Company issued a redemption notice on 28 January 2015 and expects to repay the bond on or around the 19th of February 2015. The bond was issued at 85 per cent of its principal amount with an interest rate of 5.95% per annum for the first year and 8.50% as of the first anniversary date.
Euronav NV IPO in the US
Euronav NV announced today the upsizing and pricing of its initial public offering in the United States. The size of the offering has been increased from the initially announced 13,550,000 ordinary shares to 16,260,000 ordinary shares at an issue price per share of USD 12.25 for gross base proceeds of USD 199,185,000. The Company has granted the underwriters a 30-day option to purchase up to an additional 2,439,000 ordinary shares. The Company’s ordinary shares offered in the…
WFW Advises ING Bank on $340m Loan Facility for Euronav
Watson, Farley & Williams (WFW) has advised ING Bank N.V. (ING) as sole bookrunner and facility agent for a syndicate of banks on a $340 million loan facility made available to Euronav NV. The facility is comprised of a $192m term loan facility and a revolving credit facility of up to $148m. Euronav plans to use the funds to refinance four Suezmax tanker vessels, finance the acquisition of four very large crude carrier tankers from Maersk and for general corporate purposes. The ships financed under the facility are registered on Belgian, Greek and French flags.
Livanos Becomes Euronav Chairman
On 22 July 2014, the Board of Directors of Euronav NV unanimously appointed Peter G. Livanos as Chairman of the Board, with immediate effect in replacement of Marc Saverys who was appointed Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors. Saverys said, “I am pleased to step down after one of the busiest times the company had in its history and give the chairmanship to Peter for a period that promises to be very exciting, as the expected tanker shipping markets recovery seems in sight. Peter G.
Euronav to Raise Capital through Bond Conversion
Euronav NV announced that on January 10, 2014 its share capital was increased following the exercise of the conversion option of 491 convertible bonds issued in 2013 and maturing in 2018. That resulted in the issuance of 8,163,810 new ordinary shares. The impact on the company’s capital of additional conversions of convertible instruments is set out in detail in the board report dated January 31, 2013, which is available from the investors’ section on the company's website. With reference to the news of Monday…
Euronav $300 Million Facility Extension
The executive committee of Euronav NV announced that it has signed a four-year extension on its $300 million senior secured credit facility originally signed in April 2009, which at the time of the extension had an outstanding of $221 million. The facility will continue to finance six vessels: the VLCCs Olympia (2008 – 315,981) and Antarctica (2009 – 315,981 dwt) and four Suezmaxes: the Cap Felix (2008 – 158,764 dwt), the Cap Theodora (2008 – 158,800 dwt), the Felicity (2009 - 159,000 dwt) and the Fraternity (2009 -159,000 dwt).
Tankship Sold For Conversion to FPSO
Belgian owners, Euronav NV, of the VLCC 'Algarve' announce its delivery to the new owner for conversion. The 298,969 dwt VLCC Algarve, built in 1999, was sold for USD 35,875,000 yielding Euronav a capital gain of USD 7.3 million which will be recorded, whilst the net cash proceeds available to the company after the mandatory repayment of its debt obligation will be USD 17.3 million. The ship will be converted to a FPSO (Floating Storage Production & Offloading) vessel by her new owner and will therefore leave the worldwide VLCC trading fleet.