Fitch :‘A’ Bond Rating, Stable Outlook for Port Canaveral
Fitch Ratings affirmed today the 'A' rating on approximately $64.3 million of Canaveral Port Authority (CPA) port revenue bonds. The Rating Outlook is Stable. Today's announcement by the credit rating agency underscores Port Canaveral's market position as a leading cruise-focused port in the U.S. With approximately five million revenue passengers expected in Fiscal Year 2018, the Port is the world's second busiest cruise port and Florida's third largest by operating revenue. “Canaveral…
All Aboard for Hedge Funds as Trade Tide Lifts Shipping
Forced to abandon ship after mistiming their investments five years ago, hedge funds are venturing back in a bid to profit from growing global trade flows. Around 90 percent of traded goods by volume are transported by sea and global shipping sectors, including dry bulk, are on course for a recovery this year after a near-decade long crisis, ratings agency S&P said in a report last week. The IMF has forecast GDP growth at 3.9 percent for 2018 and 2019 versus 3.7 percent last year, which analysts say is boosting sentiment for shipping.
Shipowner OSG, Former CFO, Charged over Tax Evasion
The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission said it charged on Monday shipping conglomerate Overseas Shipholding Group (OSG) and its former chief financial officer Myles Itkin with failing to recognize some $512 million in tax liabilities. OSG, which filed for bankruptcy protection in 2012 after the discovery of the tax liabilities, has agreed to pay a $5 million penalty subject to bankruptcy court approval, and Itkin agreed to pay a $75,000 penalty, the SEC said in a statement. (Reporting by Eric Walsh; Editing by Eric Beech)
US Post-election Shipping Rally Raises Interest, Questions
Shares of U.S. shipping companies shot higher again on Wednesday, causing volatility halts in a number of stocks and raising questions among investors and analysts over the extent of their sharp post-election rally. The jump in share prices and unusually heavy trading volume even surprised analysts who follow the stocks, although some said the gains appeared to result in part from optimism that commodity demand would increase under President-elect Donald Trump. At the center of the rally has been DryShips Inc…
Hunter Maritime Acquisition Launches IPO
Hunter Maritime Acquisition Corp. announced the commencement of its initial public offering of 15,000,000 units at a price of $10.00 per unit. Each unit consists of one Class A common share of the company and one-half of one warrant, each whole warrant entitling the holder thereof to purchase one Class A common share of the company. The company will grant the underwriters a 45-day option to purchase up to 2,250,000 additional units. The units are expected to be listed on the NASDAQ Capital Market (“NASDAQ”) and trade under the ticker symbol “HUNTU”.
JPMorgan sees Sharp Rise in Precarious O&G Loans
JPMorgan Chase & Co disclosed on Friday that its "criticized" loans to the oil and gas industry more than doubled in the first three months of the year. Criticized oil and gas loans, which are defined by regulators as doubtful, substandard or deserving of special mention, rose to $9.7 billion at the end of March from $4.5 billion at the end of December, according to a quarterly filing the company made with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. Of the criticized loans, $8 billion were still performing, according to the filing.
New High-Yield Bond ETF will Exclude Energy Companies
BlackRock Inc is planning to unveil a new U.S.-listed exchange-traded fund that will invest in all areas of the junk-bond market except the tattered energy sector, the asset manager said in a regulatory filing this week. The first-of-its kind fund, iShares iBoxx $ High Yield ex-Energy Corporate Bond ETF, will come after a sharp decline in oil prices that has routed higher-yield bonds. The ETF will track a Markit-brand index containing lower-rated corporate debt except those bonds issued by oil and gas producers, as well as suppliers of equipment and services to that industry.
Sutherland Continues Expansion in the Northeast
Sutherland Asbill & Brennan LLP has announced that Paul C. Freeman has joined the firm’s Energy, Environmental and Commodities Practice Group as counsel in the New York office. Prior to joining Sutherland, Freeman maintained a diverse practice as the principal of Freeman Law Group, LLC. His previous experience included serving as counsel at Dewey & LeBoeuf and working in the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Office of General Counsel in Washington DC. Freeman brings more than 17 years of diverse experience advising clients in the energy…
Poseidon Containers Launches IPO
Poseidon Containers Holdings Corp. announced today the commencement of its initial public offering (IPO) of 15,380,000 common shares. The company said it will grant the underwriters a 30-day option to purchase up to 2,307,000 additional common shares. The estimated price range for the offering is $14 to $16 per common share. The company expects to use the net proceeds of the offering to fund a portion of the contracted purchase price of four containerships that it has agreed to…
Gener8 Maritime to Go Public
Private equity-backed tanker operator Gener8 Maritime filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) to proceed with an initial public offering worth up to $100m. The company was created in February 2015 via the merger of General Maritime and Navig8 Crude. New York-based company booked $391 million in pro forma historical sales for the 12 months ended March 31, 2015, plans to list on the NYSE under the symbol GNRT. Gener8 Maritime initially filed confidentially (as General Maritime prior to the merger) on November 12, 2014. Citi and UBS are the joint bookrunners on the deal.
DHT Closes Common Stock for Samco Acquisition
DHT Holdings, Inc. announced the closing of its registered direct offering of 23,076,924 shares of its common stock at a price of $6.50 per share. DHT received net proceeds of approximately $145,500,000 after the payment of placement agent fees. DHT intends to use the net proceeds, together with the net proceeds of certain other financing, to fund its acquisition of Samco Shipholding Pte. Ltd., a private company limited by shares incorporated under the laws of the Republic of Singapore…
Noble Execs Cut Deal with SEC Ahead of Bribery Trial
Two executives from offshore drilling contractor Noble Corp have agreed to settle civil claims they participated in a bribery scheme to obtain permits for oil rigs in Nigeria, days before the case was set to go to trial. Jury selection had been scheduled for next Monday in the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission's case against Mark Jackson, Noble's former chief executive officer, and James Ruehlen, director of the oil and gas services company's Nigerian subsidiary. The two men were sued under the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA), which bans U.S.
Transocean Announces Deal With Icahn Group
Transocean Ltd. (NYSE: RIG) (SIX: RIGN) entered into an agreement with Carl Icahn and certain investment funds managed by Mr. Icahn. The re-election of Samuel Merksamer and election of Vincent Intrieri to its Board of Directors. Mr. Merksamer is employed by Icahn Capital LP, a subsidiary of Icahn Enterprises L.P., and was elected to the Company's Board of Directors at its 2013 annual general meeting. Mr. A reduction of the maximum number of directors on its Board of Directors to eleven (11) from fourteen (14).
Opportunity to Invest in Box Ship
Greece-based Box Ships Inc. intends to offer $25,000,000 of its common shares in an underwritten public offering. The net proceeds of the offering are expected to be used by the Company for general corporate purposes, which may include the repayment of debt and the acquisition of vessels. The Company intends to grant the underwriters a 30-day option to purchase an additional $3,750,000 of its common shares to cover over-allotments, if any. This offering is being made only by means of a prospectus supplement and accompanying base prospectus.
Nautilus Marine Extends Acquisition Tender Period
Greece's Nautilus Marine Acquisition Corp. (Nautilus) extends tender period referring to the acquisition of Assetplus Ltd. The tender offer, as amended, has been extended until 5:00 p.m., New York City time, on February 13, 2013, unless further extended or earlier terminated. The tender offer was previously scheduled to expire at 5:00 p.m. New York City time, on January 31, 2013. The completion of the tender offer is a condition to Nautilus' previously announced acquisition of Assetplus Limited.
Nautilus Marine Extends Acquisition Tender Offer
Nautilus Marine Acquisition Corp. extends its tender offer for Assetplus Ltd. until end of January 2013. The completion of the tender offer is a condition to Nautilus' previously announced acquisition of Assetplus Limited. The extension is being made to comply with the rules and procedure requirements of the Securities Exchange Commission. Except for such extension, all of the terms and conditions set forth in the tender offer materials filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission on December 7, 2012, as amended, remain unchanged.
Statoil: Horton Case Closed
Statoil (OSE: STL, NYSE: STO) announced that the Deferred Prosecution Agreement (DPA) the company entered into as a part of the settlement of the Horton case, has expired as scheduled. On 13 October 2006 the company reached agreements with the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), the US Department of Justice (DOJ), and the United States Attorney's Office for the Southern District of New York (USAO) that settled the agencies' investigations under US law related to Statoil's 2002 contract with Horton Investments Ltd. for business development in Iran.
Paragon Shipping Inc. Announces Filing Of IPO By Box Ships Inc.
ATHENS, Greece, April 4, 2011 - Paragon Shipping Inc. (NYSE: PRGN), or the Company, a global shipping transportation company specializing in drybulk cargoes and containers, announced today that its wholly-owned subsidiary, Box Ships Inc. ("Box Ships"), has filed a registration statement with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (the "SEC") for an initial public offering (the "Offering") of 10,000,000 shares of common stock of Box Ships. Source: Paragon Shipping Inc.
General Maritime Corporation Announces Closing of Sale
General Maritime Corporation (the "Company") (NYSE: GMR) announced today that the underwriters of its recent public offering of 23,000,000 shares of the Company's common stock fully exercised their over-allotment option to purchase an additional 3,450,000 shares of common stock, bringing the total net proceeds from the offering to approximately $49.5 million after deducting underwriting discounts and commissions and estimated offering expenses. The closing of the over-allotment option occurred on April 8, 2011. Jefferies & Company, Inc.
Hyperdynamics Offshore Guinea Exploration Project
AGR Petroleum Services today signed a drilling contract, on behalf of Hyperdynamics Corporation (NYSE Amex: HDY), with Jasper Drilling Private Limited of Singapore to contract the drill ship Jasper Explorer for drilling in Hyperdynamics' concession offshore the Republic of Guinea. The Jasper Explorer is a modern Pelican Class self-propelled drill ship capable of operating in water depths up to 5,000 feet. "The conclusion of a drilling contract with Jasper Drilling Private Limited is a crucial step in preparations for our drilling campaign.
DryShips to Acquire OceanFreight
DryShips Inc. and OceanFreight Inc. have entered into a definitive agreement. The former will acquire the outstanding shares of the latter for consideration per share of $19.85, consisting of $11.25 in cash and 0.52326 of a share of common stock of Ocean Rig UDW Inc. The Ocean Rig shares that will be received by the OceanFreight shareholders will be from currently outstanding shares held by DryShips. Under the terms of the transaction, the Ocean Rig shares will be listed on the Nasdaq Global Select Market upon the closing of the merger.
DryShips Reports 2Q Results
DryShips Inc. (NASDAQ: DRYS) announced its unaudited financial and operating results for the second quarter and six month period ended June 30, 2011. For the second quarter of 2011, the company reported a net loss of $114.1m, or $0.33 basic and diluted loss per share. Included in the second quarter 2011 results are infrequently occurring and non-cash items, totaling $131.5 million, or $0.37 per share which are described below. Excluding infrequently occurring and non-cash items, the Company’s net results would have amounted to a net income of $17.4 million or $0.04 per share.
Box Ships to Acquire Two OOCL Vessels
Box Ships Inc. Enters Into Agreement To Acquire Two Vessels From OOCL And Related Financing Transaction; public offering of preferred shares and warrants commenced. Box Ships Inc. (NYSE: TEU) (the "Company"), a global shipping company specializing in the seaborne transportation of containers, announced that it has entered into agreements with subsidiaries of Orient Overseas Container Line Ltd. (OOCL) to acquire two 5,344 TEU post-Panamax container vessels, the 1995-build OOCL Hong Kong and the 1996-build OOCL China.
Chinese Shipbuilder's Shares Tumble
Shares of China Rongsheng Heavy Industries tumbled 17 percent to a record low yesterday after its chairman Zhang Zhirong was accused of insider trading by the US Securities and Exchange Commission, reports the 'Hong Kong Standard'. The SEC accused Hong Kong-based Well Advantage - solely owned by Zhang - of trading illegally before an announcement by CNOOC (0883) that it would buy Nexen for US$15.1-billion (HK$117.78-billion). In related news Rongsheng said it expects net profits in the first half to have fallen sharply due to a declining industry.
USDOJ: BP Guilty in Deepwater Horizon Case
BP Exploration and Production Inc. Agrees to Plead Guilty to Felony Manslaughter, Environmental Crimes and Obstruction of Congress Surrounding Deepwater Horizon Incident; BP Agrees to Pay a Record $4 Billion in Criminal Fines and Penalties Two Highest-Ranking BP Supervisors on Deepwater Horizon Oil Rig Charged with Manslaughter and Former Senior BP Executive Charged with Obstruction of Congress. BP Exploration and Production Inc. (BP) has agreed to plead guilty to felony manslaughter…
World Finance Shipping Awards 2010
Over the last two years, credit markets have experienced contraction, deleveraging and reduced liquidity, and governments have taken highly significant measures in response to such events. The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission and other regulators are authorized to take extraordinary actions in the event of market emergencies, and may affect changes in law or interpretations of existing laws. Shipping Finance has evolved with commercial market trends. Today, in response to asset value reduction…