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Monday, August 19, 2019

Singapore Exchange News

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Singapore Exchange to Launch High-grade Iron Ore Derivatives

The Singapore Exchange said on Thursday that it will launch new high-grade iron ore derivatives in December, aiming to tap into a growing appetite for higher quality supplies of the steelmaking raw material.China's anti-pollution campaign has forced steelmakers in the world's top producer to shift to higher grade iron ore to curb emissions, in a boon for top supplier, Brazilian mining giant Vale.SGX said that the futures and swaps contracts will reference the Brazilian ore fines…

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Baker Technology Buys Stake in CH Offshore

Oil and gas equipment supplier Baker Technology on Thursday made a mandatory unconditional cash offer for all the shares in CH Offshore, a vessel chartering firm."BT Investment (BTI), a direct wholly-owned subsidiary Baker Technology, has announced that it has entered into (a) a sale and purchase agreement with Energian, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Falcon Energy Group, a company listed on the Singapore Exchange Securities Trading to acquire 217,800,000 issued and paid-up ordinary shares in the capital of CH Offshore…

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Baltic Exchange Launches Escrow Service for Vessel Sales

The Baltic Exchange announced it will launch an Escrow Service for its members to hold deposits for ship sale transactions.The paid-for service will be available from May 2018 for use in transactions where the buyer of the vessel is a Baltic Exchange member. The service will cost $5,000 per side and is likely to be extended to disputes related payments, the Baltic Exchange said.The Escrow Service will be run by the Baltic Exchange's Asia office in Singapore and will be subject to the Singapore Exchange's (SGX) compliance and money laundering procedures.

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Baltic Exchange Developing Container Shipping Index

London's Baltic Exchange is developing a container shipping index with Hong Kong-headquartered group Freightos in another sign that the centuries-old business is moving into new markets. Founded in 1744 as a forum for chartering vessels, the Baltic Exchange now produces benchmark indexes for global shipping rates, including ones used by the multi-billion dollar freight derivatives market. The Baltic and its partner on the initiative Freightos, a digital container platform which also has a global database of freight rates…

$3 Bln LNG-to-power Project Planned in Bay of Bengal

Bangladesh's Summit Power International said on Tuesday it signed a memorandum of understanding with Japan's Mitsubishi Corp and subsidiary Diamond Gas International to develop a $3 billion LNG-to-power project. Under the MoU, subsidiary Summit Corp, group company Summit Holdings and the Japanese firms agreed to develop an integrated liquefied natural gas (LNG) onshore receiving terminal with regasification capacity of up to 1,500 million cubic feet per day (mmcfd) at Matarbari, Moheskhali in the Bay of Bengal.

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Otto Marine Seeks Insolvency Protection

Singapore-based offshore shipbuilder Otto Marine is seeking insolvency protection from the High Court in a bid to salvage the company and stave off liquidation. According to a report in the Straits Times, crippled with a debt of US$877 million (S$1.16 billion), the troubled company, which is delisted from the Singapore Exchange (SGX), filed an application last week to be placed under judicial management. The company  has applied for an interim judicial manager to be appointed, pending the hearing of its judicial management application. The hearing has been adjourned to March 12.

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Baltic Exchange to Develop LNG Freight Index

The Baltic Exchange is looking into launching a freight index for liquefied natural gas (LNG) and is working with leading ship brokers to explore potential shipping routes that might be used as the LNG market grows, the company said on Thursday. Founded in 1744 as a forum for chartering vessels, the Baltic Exchange now produces benchmark indexes for global shipping rates, including ones used by the multi-billion dollar freight derivatives market. Singapore Exchange acquired the exchange in 2016 and since then the Baltic has been looking for new markets to develop.

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Cosco Offers Unconditional Buying of Cogent Shares

The offer by Cosco Shipping International (Singapore) Co. to acquire all the issued ordinary shares of Cogent Holdings has turned unconditional. The former had launched a cash buyout of the latter recently. Bank of China (Singapore Branch), acting on behalf of Cosco Shipping International, says , the offeror has received valid acceptances representing 440.5 million shares or 92.05% of Cogent. "BOC wishes to announce that the Offeror has received valid acceptances (which have not been withdrawn) in respect of such number of Shares which…

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Fincantieri to Delist Vard

Italian shipbuilder Fincantieri has proposed to seek the privatization of Vard Holdings via a voluntary delisting from the Singapore Exchange Securities Trading Limited (SGX-ST). Fincantieri, which holds a 79.34 per cent stake in Vard through a subsidiary Fincantieri Oil & Gas, is now offering 25 Singapore cent per for every share it does not own, one cent more than its previous offer, which closed in January. "Under the Exit Offer, Fincantieri O&G will offer the shareholders of Vard SGD 0.25 in cash for each Vard share tendered in acceptance of the Exit Offer…

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Rickmers Maritime Wound Up

Rickmers Trust Management, a trustee-manager of Rickmers Maritime, informed that the trust has been wound up. The units of the trust and its notes shall cease to exist, said its trustee-manager in a Singapore Exchange (SGX) filing. The trust has made final distributions to unsecured creditors, representing a recovery of about 12.1 per cent. "There will be no further distributions or payments, cash or otherwise, to the unsecured creditors of the Trust, including the holders of the S$100 million 8.45 per cent. notes due 2017.

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Baltic Exchange Mulls New Freight Indexes for Grains, LNG

The Baltic Exchange is looking into launching freight indexes for grains and liquefied natural gas (LNG) as the London-run business targets new markets after its acquisition by Singapore Exchange last year, the Baltic's chief executive said. Founded in 1744 as a forum for chartering vessels, the Baltic Exchange now produces benchmark indexes for global shipping rates and owns a trading platform for the multi-billion dollar freight derivatives market. SGX's ownership of the Baltic has enabled the exchange to set its sights on developing new areas…

Baltic Exchange Chief Outlines Growth Plan

Newly appointed Baltic Exchange Chief Executive Mark Jackson has set out the Exchange’s vision of the near-future in a wide-ranging speech in Singapore during the concurrent MPA Singapore Maritime and Singapore Iron Ore Weeks. “The recent acquisition of the Baltic Exchange by the Singapore Exchange (SGX) has reinvigorated this key international maritime institution, allowing us to grow our leadership profile and play a bigger role than ever before in setting standards, building consensus and leading change in the shipping markets.

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Baltic Exchange Succumbs to Singapore as Shipping Turmoil Deepens

The crisis in global shipping and a tax exodus by big Greek vessel owners have helped finally seal the fate of London's Baltic Exchange after at least three approaches to buy it over the last six years of its near-three centuries history. Some 95 percent of shareholders voted on Monday in favour of a takeover deal from Singapore Exchange, valued at 87 million pounds ($112.87 million), trumping more than one effort from the London Metal Exchange to snap it up. "For Baltic shareholders it does release value…

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Baltic Exchange Names Jackson as CEO

Baltic Exchange on Monday named Mark Jackson, a former Chairman and Director, to replace Chief Executive Officer Jeremy Penn. Baltic Exchange shareholders earlier approved an 87 million pound ($112 million) takeover by Singapore Exchange for one of London's oldest institutions, in a deal that will give SGX access to the multi-billion-dollar freight derivatives market. Jackson, Chief Commercial Officer of AM Nomikos Group, is expected to take up his appointment early in 2017. Penn announced his intention to stand down last year, the Exchange said in a statement.

Singapore Exchange Prepares Offer to Buy Baltic Exchange

Singapore Exchange Ltd (SGX) is readying a formal offer to buy London's Baltic Exchange following months of discussions that culminated in exclusive talks between both parties, sources familiar with the matter said on Tuesday. Founded in 1744, the privately-owned Baltic Exchange is no longer a forum for chartering vessels but owns benchmark indexes for global shipping rates and provides a trading platform for the multi-billion dollar freight derivatives market. The sources said both sides had reached key milestones for a deal to proceed and that SGX was getting ready to make a formal offer.

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Singapore Well-positioned to Benefit from Brexit Permutations

Singapore’s position as Asia’s leading maritime services hub is likely to be enhanced in a post-Brexit environment, according to Singapore-based Ince Law Alliance, comprising Ince & Co Singapore LLP and Incisive Law LLC. The UK’s decision to leave the European Union has seen Sterling fall to $1.30 against the US dollar, with many commentators predicting a recession that could negatively impact the country’s maritime sector, which contributes £4.4 billion to the UK economy. Like Singapore, the UK’s economy is services–focused, with London the centre of UK and European maritime services.

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CMA CGM Completes NOL Acquisition

CMA CGM has reported its all-cash voluntary unconditional general offer for Neptune Orient Lines Ltd (NOL) closed on July 18, 2016, with CMA CGM now owning approximately 97.83 per cent of NOL's share capital. Monday July 18 marked the last day of trading in shares of NOL on the Singapore Exchange. Trading in NOL was suspended. Singapore's former national shipping company was acquired in a 3.38 billion Singapore dollar ($2.5 billion) acquisition by the French shipping line CMA CGM.

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Boon, Non-executive Director of ST Engineering Resigns

Singapore Technologies Engineering Ltd (ST Engineering) today announced the resignation of Mr Quek Tong Boon as non-executive Director with effect from 1 July 2016. Mr Quek has been with the Board since 1 March 2008 and has been the Chairman of its Research, Development and Technology Committee. The Board of Directors would like to acknowledge its deep appreciation to Mr Quek for his invaluable contributions to the Board and the Board Committee he has served. ST Engineering, headquartered in Singapore…

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CMA CGM Crosses 90% Ownership Threshold in NOL

Container shipper CMA CGM S.A. has crossed the 90 percent ownership threshold in Neptune Orient Lines Limited (NOL), enabling it to bring the Singapore company private. Following its all-cash voluntary conditional general offer (Offer) for NOL which was launched on June 6, 2016, CMA CGM now owns 2,361,044,044 shares representing approximately 90.68 percent of NOL’s share capital. With the public float of NOL shares now falling below the minimum threshold of 10 percent, the Singapore Exchange Securities Trading Limited (SGX-ST) may suspend the trading of NOL shares at the close of the Offer.

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Otto Marine Gets Acquisition Offer

After last week's media reports that an undisclosed party was looking to buy Singapores offshore marine company Otto Marine Limited, the company said that it received a proposal from RHB Securities Singapore Pte Ltd (RHB). RHB is the financial adviser to the potential offer. The name of the potential party who is looking to buy the company is undisclosed. If the acquisition materialises, Otto Marine may be the first in the struggling sector to be privatised. "On Sunday, June 5 2016…

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Mercator Sells Another Vessel

Dry bulk shipping company Mercator Lines has inked an agreement to sell another vessel in an attempt to reduce its debt. The MV Kalpana Prem will be sold for US$2.9 million to a third party. It is expected to be delivered in April. In January, the dry bulk shipping firm said it was selling five vessels for US$32.3 million. The latest vessel is secured to the company's major shareholder, Mercator International (MIPL), and will be sold to a third party for US$2.9 million, reducing the debt owed to MIPL. Mercator Lines was placed under judicial management in January.

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China Merchants Offers to Buy Baltic Exchange

China Merchants Group has made an informal bid for London’s Baltic Exchange, says a report in Reuters. The State-run conglomerate has made an informal offer through a subsidiary, China Merchants Securities. An acquisition of the Baltic, which was founded in 1744, would give the Chinese conglomerate ownership of the industry's benchmark indices - which could be further commercialized - and greater access to the multi-billion dollar freight derivatives market. It emerged in February that the Baltic Exchange…

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SSA on SGX/Baltic Exchange Talks

Members of the Singapore Shipping Association (SSA) have read with interest the recent announcement by the Singapore Exchange Ltd (SGX) in its bid to acquire the Baltic Exchange. Mr Esben Poulsson, President of SSA said: “We understand that for some time, the Board of the Baltic Exchange, which traces its origins back to 1744, has been considering a number of strategic options regarding future ownership of this venerable institution, and that a number of options have been under consideration.

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CMA CGM Keeps Buying NOL Shares

French liner giant CMA CGM has acquired last week a total of 2.26 million shares in Neptune Orient Lines (NOL), six months before it is scheduled to make good its S$3.4 billion takeover bid for the Singapore-listed liner, reports Business Times. It acquired 1.33 million (0.05 per cent stake) at $1.233 apiece) and 930,700 shares (0.04 per cent) at S$1.235 each on Jan 4 and Jan 5 respectively. This information was revealed by CMA CGM's financial advisers comprising the Singapore branches of BNP Paribas and The Hongkong and Shanghai Banking Corporation as well as JP Morgan.

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CMA CGM Buys Additional Shares In NOL from Open Market

French carrier CMA CGM, which has announced its bid to acquire Neptune Orient Lines for S$3.4bn ($2.4bn) in cash, is slowly building a stake in Neptune Orient Lines (NOL) for less than the price per share it has offered in a planned takeover deal. CMA CGM has bought 367,000 shares of the Singapore-listed shipping company in the open market for S$1.24 each share, 4.6 percent below its offer price of S$1.30 a share. In an earlier (December 11) disclosure said it bought about 3.68 million NOL shares at S$1.22 per share, equivalent 0.14 percent of the latter’s issued share capital.

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CMA CGM Buys NOL Shares from Open Market, Below Par

CMA CGM SA has bought about 3.68 million shares of Singapore-based Neptune Orient Lines (NOL) on the open market at S$1.22 per share. The shares purchased make up 0.14 per cent of NOL's issued share capital, reports Straits Times. The purchase price is at a 6 per cent discount to CMA CGM's offer to acquire all of NOL's issued and paid up shares at S$1.30 per share. CMA CGM SA has already made a $2.4 billion takeover bid for NOL to try to cement its own position as a global leader in container shipping.