Fredriksen's Flex Raises $300 Mln for LNG Newbuilds
Flex LNG, controlled by Norwegian-born billionaire John Fredriksen, has raised $300 million in a private placement of shares to help pay for five new vessels costing $918 million, it said on Thursday.Fredriksen's companies typically add high-yield bond issues and bank loans at a later time to pay the cost not covered by share sales.When the vessels are delivered from the yards of South Korea's Daewoo (DSME) and Hyundai (HHI) in 2020 and 2021, Flex LNG will have a fleet of 13 ships, Flex said.Fredriksen himself bought shares for $100 million, cutting his overall stake in the firm to 44.6 percen
GoodBulk Files for a $100 Mln IPO
GoodBulk, an owner and operator of dry bulk vessels, announced that it has filed a registration statement on Form F-1 with the United States Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) relating to a proposed initial public offering (IPO) of its common shares.Morgan Stanley and Credit Suisse are acting as lead book-runners, Clarksons Platou Securities, Evercore ISI, Pareto Securities and UBS Investment Bank are also acting as book-runners, and ABN AMRO is acting as co-manager for…
Offshore Rig Accommodation: Floatel Share Offering
Floatel International Ltd is contemplating issuance of approximately USD 150 million new shares on the Oslo stock market. The company says its share placement will further strengthen their position as a leading provider of high-specification, modern accommodation vessels to the offshore oil and gas industry. The proceeds from the Private Placement will be used to finance the Company’s new build program for accommodation vessels at Keppel FELS Shipyard, growth capex and for general corporate purposes.
EXMAR Issues $114m Bonds
EXMAR NV today announced that it has closed a $114 million (NOK 700 million) senior unsecured bond issue due in July 2017. All interest and principal payments have been swapped into U.S. dollars at an all in fixed interest rate of 5.72%. The offering was significantly oversubscribed and EXMAR upsized the original expected amount of NOK 600 million to NOK 700 million. The transaction is subject to customary closing conditions and settlement is expected to occur on July 7, 2014.
DnB NOR Markets Announces New Appointments
DnB NOR Markets announces analyst appointments to its energy, offshore and maritime equity research team in Singapore. Kay Lim, CFA, has been appointed the bank’s new Head of Securities Research for Asia. Kay is also the regional offshore and yards analyst for Asia Pacific. He was recently ranked the number one stock picker for Singapore industrials sector by StarMine. Lim has more than four years' experience as a securities specialist in the offshore sector with DnB NOR Markets and had prior experience as an equity generalist with Credit Suisse focusing on the energy and materials sectors.
Ocean Rig to Float Common Stock
Ocean Rig UDW Inc has launched an offering of its common stock, par value $0.01 per share. As part of this offering, George Economou, our Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer, has indicated his intention to purchase, at the public offering price, a number of common shares that maintains his direct ownership in Ocean Rig, representing approximately five percent of its common stock. The NASDAQ-traded currently has 132.32m shares of common stock outstanding, which are currently trading at $8.09 per share.
Ocean Rig UDW Announces Closing
DryShips Inc. a global provider of marine transportation services for drybulk and petroleum cargoes, and through its majority owned subsidiary, Ocean Rig UDW Inc. of offshore deepwater drilling services, announced today that Ocean Rig closed the previously announced offering of 28,571,428 shares of its common stock par value $0.01 per share, at a price of $7.00 per share. As part of the offering, George Economou, Ocean Rig’s Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer, purchased $10 million…
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.
Crude Carries Pricing, Initial Public Offering
Crude Carriers Corp. announced that it has priced its initial public offering of 13,500,000 common shares at $19 per share. The underwriters have an option to purchase up to an additional 2,025,000 common shares to cover overallotments. Crude Carriers Corp. will use substantially all the proceeds from the offering, together with a $40m capital contribution from Crude Carriers Investments Corp., to acquire one 2006-built high specification Suezmax vessel from Capital Maritime & Trading Corp.