Scorpio Group Takes Over Nordic American Offshore
NYSE-listed offshore support vessel owner Scorpio Group has taken control of Nordic American Offshore (NAO), via a private placement into company’s shares worth $5 million.The investment, which took place via a private placement with Scorpio Offshore Investments, a unit of the group, was announced by NAOScorpio Group leader Emanuele Lauro has been appointed chief executive and chairman of NAO.Nordic American Tankers presently owns about 16.1 percent in NAO and the Hansson family owns 13.5 percent, in total about 30 percent.
Nordic American Offshore Shelves Horizon Maritime Combination
The owner and operator of platform supply vessels (PSVs) Nordic American Offshore (NAO) has informed that its project to combine with Horizon Maritime Services has been called off.A stock exchange announcement from the Bermuda-based company said: "The contemplated business combination, involving NAO and a group in Eastern Canada (Horizon Maritime), has been shelved as it has been decided not to move forward at this time."It added that a Nordic company (Nordic Canadian Shipping…
Nordic American Appoints New CFO
Nordic American Tankers (NAT) and Nordic American Offshore (NAO) has appointed Bjørn Giaever (50) as Chief Financial Officer (CFO). He is expected to join us later this year and as early as possible. Giaever joins NAT/NAO from the well reputed firm of Fearnley Securities AS with main office in Oslo, Norway. This is an investment bank with special focus on the maritime sectors, where he served as a director and partner in the Corporate Finance division. Giaever has more than 20 years of experience in the shipping industry, holding key roles in corporate finance and equity research.
Grosland Joins NAT as VP
Carl Fredrik Grosland has joined Nordic American Tankers as Vice President, working on analyses, projects and business development. Reporting to Chairman & CEO Herbjørn Hansson in a staff position, he will also work closely with others both in NAT and NAO (Nordic American Offshore Ltd.). Grosland has 12 years of international banking experience as an analyst and broker, focusing mainly on the energy/offshore and the shipping sector. Working from out of New York at the time, he has played a key role in a number of major equity and debt transactions.
NAO, Vard Push Back PSV Deliveries
Nordic American Offshore Ltd. (NAO) informs that it has agreed with the Norwegian based Vard Aukra shipyard to extend the delivery of two platform supply vessel (PSV) newbuildings, originally scheduled to be delivered in mid-2015. Under the new agreement, the ships are scheduled to be delivered during the first quarter of 2016 when NAO will take ownership. The vessels are fully financed and the manufacturing process is developing satisfactorily, NAO said.
Hansson Sees Positive Outlook for NAO
Nordic American Offshore Ltd. (NAO) executive chairman, Herbjørn Hansson, has increased his ownership in the company, purchasing an additional 50,000 NAO shares with his son, Alexander, yesterday at about $7.83 per share. In a letter to NAO shareholders, Hansson shared thoughts on the progress the company has made since first being listed on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) in June 2014, entering the Platform Supply Vessel (PSV) market against high, stable oil prices and record investment levels in the offshore segment.
NAT, NOA Report Quarter Results
The recently established company, Nordic American Offshore Ltd (NAO) announced October 20, a dividend of $0.45 per share for the 3rd quarter 2014. The payment of dividend is expected to take place on or about November 21 to shareholders of record as of November 7, 2014. The company released its 3Q2014 earnings report October 30, 2014. NAO is owning and operating 10 offshore supply vessels. Nordic American Tankers Limited (NAT) declared a cash dividend of $0.14 per share on October 7, 2014. The record date was October 22, 2014 and payment date is on or about November 5, 2014.
NAO Declares Dividend
Nordic American Offshore Ltd. announced that its Board of Directors has declared a dividend of $0.45 per common share for the 3rd quarter 2014. This is the same as for the 2nd quarter 2014. The payment of dividend is expected to take place on or about November 21, 2014 to shareholders of record as of November 7, 2014. The Company expects to release its 3Q2014 earnings report before NYSE opens October 30, 2014.
Ulstein Reports Improved 2013 Results
Ulstein Group reported it delivered a good result for 2013 with an operating income of NOK 2.3 billion compared to 2012’s result of NOK 2.27 billion. Similarly, Ulstein’s operating profits improved in 2013 to NOK 317.8 million from NOK 228 million in 2012. The group’s operating result before tax was NOK 360.8 million, compared to NOK 211.4 million in 2012. Ulstein said it currently has more than 40 vessels in order, of which six to be built at its own yard, while the rest are being built at several shipyards worldwide. At the end of 2013, Ulstein Group had an order reserve of NOK 2.6 billion.
Shipping Turns From Banks to Equity Markets for Cash
Shipping companies are turning to equity markets to fill a growing funding gap, betting that investors hungry for decent returns will provide capital to a sector recovering from its worst downturn since the 1980s. Ship owners ordered large numbers of vessels between 2007 and 2009, just as the global economy sank into crisis. Prospects have brightened in recent months as world trade picks up and the ship glut is absorbed. The industry still faces a multi-billion dollar financing hole after banks…
Nordic American Offshore Appoints CEO
Nordic American Offshore Ltd. (NAO) announced that Tor-Øyvind Bjørkli will join the company as chief executive officer (CEO), effective April 1, 2014. Tor-Øyvind will be working from out of the Oslo office on the same premises as Orion Tankers; the chartering department of Nordic American Tankers Limited (NAT). A subsidiary of Nordic American Tankers is the manager of the recently established Nordic American Offshore Ltd. (NAO). Tor-Øyvind graduated from Vestfold University College with a Bachelor of Science degree in Marine Engineering in 1992.
NAT Drops 10%
Nordic American Tanker (NAT) opened this morning on the stock exchange down more than 10% (Down $0.85 to $8.025/share in late morning trading) after saying it has priced a 8.13 million public offering at $8 per share, an almost 10% discount to Thursday's closing price. The company has granted the underwriters a 30-day option to purchase up to an additional 1,218,750 common shares. In making the offring announcment, the tanker company said CEO Herbjoern Hansson is expected to buy 250,000 shares in the offering at the same terms as other investors.