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May 15, 2019

Klaveness Combination Carriers to List in Oslo

Pic: Torvald Klaveness

Pic: Torvald Klaveness

Norway's Klaveness Combination Carriers (KCC) has raised 350 million Norwegian crowns in a private share placement, valuing the shipping firm at 2.27 billion crowns ($259.57 million) ahead of an Oslo stock market listing on May 22.

Following the successful private placement, KCC has declared two options for the construction of the seventh and eight CLEANBU combination carrier with Jiangsu New Yangzi Shipbuilding Co., Ltd in China.

The two newbuilds are scheduled for delivery in January and February 2021. Following the declaration, the KCC fleet will grow to 17 vessels within 1st quarter of 2021. The company holds options for further vessels.

“We are pleased to grow the CLEANBU fleet further to eight vessels by early 2021 which will strengthen KCC’s service offering to the oil and petrochemical industry and enable the further expansion of the climate friendly CLEANBU service to new geographical markets. Through its unique design and trading pattern, the CLEANBUs secure a 30-40% reduction in CO2, SOx and NOx emissions compared to standard tankers”, says Engebret Dahm, CEO of Klaveness Combination Carriers.

The company announced in March, 2019, that it had retained ABG Sundal Collier ASA, Clarksons Platou Securities AS and SEB Corporate Finance (a part of Skandinaviska Enskilda Banken AB (publ) Oslofilialen) as its advisors in connection with the previously announced contemplated listing of the Company’s shares on the Oslo Stock Exchange. This transaction is now completed.

“The successful private placement demonstrates the strong interest from investors in the unique KCC business model, despite turbulent capital markets over the last weeks. By listing the company on Oslo Stock Exchange we have reached a new milestone and the company is ready for further, profitable growth. KCC provides investors a unique exposure to both product tanker markets, dry bulk markets, the upcoming new regulations on low Sulphur fuel in 2020 and not least the most climate efficient deep sea transportation system today”, says Lasse Kristoffersen, Chairman of the Board of Klaveness Combination Carriers.

KCC is the world leader in combination carriers, owning and operating currently nine CABU and one CLEANBU combination carriers with another seven CLEANBU combination carriers on order for delivery in the period May 2019 – February 2021.