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Northrop Grumman to Acquire Litton Industries for $5.1B

In a move which effectively creates a defense and marine naval construction giant, Northrop Grumman Corp. and Litton Industries jointly announced late last month that they have signed a definitive agreement under which Northrop Grumman will acquire for cash all of the outstanding shares of Litton for $80 per common share and $35 per Series B Preferred share. The transaction is valued at approximately $5.1 billion, which includes the assumption of Litton's $1.3 billion in net debt. Litton is a leading supplier of advanced electronics and information systems to the U.S. government and international customers and is the premier designer and builder of non-nuclear surface combatant ships for U.S. and foreign navies. The company reported sales of $5.6 billion and net income of $218 million for the 2000 fiscal year ended July 31. Litton had $8.2 billion in fully funded backlog at the end of its first quarter, October 31, 2000. Kent Kresa, Northrop Grumman's chairman, president and chief executive officer said, "We are very pleased with our strategic acquisition of Litton, which we believe brings tremendous value to the shareholders, employees and customers of both companies. With projected combined pro forma revenues of more than $15 billion in 2001, growing to $18 billion by 2003, this acquisition solidly places Northrop Grumman among the world's top-tier defense companies and strengthens our commitment to systems integration


Northrop Grumman Announces Newport News Shipbuilding Exchange Ratio

Northrop Grumman Corporation announced in connection with its offer to acquire all of the outstanding shares (including associated preferred stock purchase rights) of Newport News Shipbuilding that the exchange ratio for the common stock of Newport News has been fixed at 0.7193. Accordingly, stockholders of Newport News who elect to receive solely Northrop Grumman common stock in the offer will receive approximately 0


Royal Caribbean Prices Public Offering

Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. has priced the public offering of 10,800,000 shares of its common stock at a price of $46 11/16 per share. Of the 10,800,000 shares offered, 10,000,000 shares are being sold by the company, and 800,000 shares are being sold by a selling shareholder. The company has granted to the underwriters of the offering an option to purchase up to an additional 1,620,000 shares of common stock to cover over-allotments


Crowley Settles Stockholder Lawsuit

Crowley Maritime Corporation reached a proposed settlement in the pending Franklin Balance Sheet Investment Fund v Crowley ("Franklin") litigation, a purported class action and derivative complaint filed in November 2004 against certain members of the board of directors and Crowley. The plaintiffs in that lawsuit have agreed to its dismissal if they and the other unaffiliated holders of Crowley common stock have the opportunity, through a tender offer, to sell their common stock for $2


Euroseas Ltd. Announces Public Offering

Euroseas Ltd. (NASDAQ: ESEA), an owner and operator of drybulk and container carrier vessels and provider of seaborne transportation for drybulk and containerized cargoes, announced that it is commencing a public offering of 5,000,000 shares of its common stock under the Company’s effective shelf registration statement. In addition, one of the Company’s shareholders will be offering 750,000 shares. Wachovia Securities and Oppenheimer & Co. will act as joint bookrunning managers


Costamare Announces Pricing of Common Stock Offering

Athens - Costamare Inc. announced that its offering of 7,500,000 shares of its common stock was priced at $14.10 per share. The gross proceeds from the offering before the underwriting discount and other offering expenses are expected to be approximately $105,750,000. Members of the Konstantakopoulos family, who in the aggregate own a majority of the common stock of the Company, have agreed to purchase 750,000 shares in the offering


Ocean Tankers to Raise $13m from IPO

Ocean Tankers Holdings PCL aims to raise about $13.38m from the initial public offering (IPO) that starts in the first such issue of a new company to list on the Cyprus Stock Exchange in two years. The company, presently privately owned by the Michael Ioannides Group and its affiliates, has a fleet of three double-hull tankers under the Cypriot and Maltese flags and the proceeds of the issue, that will reduce the principal shareholder’s stake to just below 70%


Dresser-Rand Prices IPO

Dresser-Rand Group Inc. has priced its initial public offering of 27,000,000 shares of common stock at $21.00 per share. All of the shares are being offered by Dresser-Rand Group Inc. The common stock will begin trading tomorrow on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol "DRC." Morgan Stanley & Co. Incorporated and Citigroup Global Markets Inc. are serving as joint book-running managers of the offering. UBS Securities LLC is co-lead manager of the offering, and Bear, Stearns & Co


Maritrans Inc. Announces Tender Offer

Maritrans Inc. announced that its Board of Directors has approved the initiation of a modified "Dutch auction" tender offer by Maritrans to purchase up to 2,000,000 shares of its outstanding common stock at a price per share of not less than $11.00 per share nor in excess of $12.50 per share. The tender offer is expected to commence on Monday, December 17, 2001 and to expire, unless extended, at 5:00 P.M., New York City Time, on Friday, January 18, 2002.


Northrop Grumman Extends Offer

Northrop Grumman Corporation announced that it has extended its pending exchange offer for all outstanding shares of common stock, including associated rights, of Newport News Shipbuilding Inc. (NYSE: NNS) from Oct. 4, 2001, to Oct. 11, 2001, at midnight E.D.T. Approximately 6,948,883 shares of Newport News Shipbuilding common stock had been tendered to Northrop Grumman as of 5:00 p.m. E.D.T. on Oct. 4, 2001, including approximately 5,246


Wärtsilä to Supply Gas Handling Systems for VLEC Newbuilds

Illustration of a very large ethane carrier. (courtesy of Wärtsilä)

Six new 87,000 cubic meters capacity very large ethane carriers (VLECs), being built at the Samsung Heavy Industries yard in South Korea, will feature Wärtsilä gas handling systems. The contract, which includes an option for additional vessels within this series, was signed in September


New Website for Damen DOP Pumps

A complete dredging package consisting of a DOP350 with a sand production head, discharge hoses, a separate power pack etc

A new interactive website has been launched for the DAMEN DOP submersible dredge pump range. The website, www.DOPDredgePumps.com, highlights the versatility of this wear-resistant dredge pump. The DOP pump has been used by the dredging industry around the globe for almost 25 years


Eagle Bulk Cuts Debt by 80%, Shares Skyrocket

Eagle Bulk Shipping Inc's shares shot up to as much as $15.46 from 68 cents as the company cut its borrowings by about 80 percent after converting debt into equity under a financial restructuring program. The stock was the top percentage gainer on the Nasdaq, with more than 14


TEN Comments on Tanker Market Conditions

Photo: Tsakos Energy Navigation

Crude price drop and dollar strength benefit TEN’s bottom line materially; third quarter financial results to be announced on November 21, 2014 Crude, product and LNG tanker operator Tsakos Energy Navigation Ltd. (TEN) said today it believes that the recent decline in TEN’s stock is


Nordic American Offshore on Track Says Chairman

OSV: Image courtesy of NAO

Herbjørn Hansson, 
Executive Chairman
 of Nordic American Offshore Ltd., informs shareholders as follows after the company's listing on the New York Stock Exchange for about 3 months: "Nordic American Offshore Ltd. (NAO) has now been listed on the New York Stock Exchange for more


Leading Shipping Equity Analyst Joins Clarkson Capital Markets

Omar Nokta: Photo in public domain

Clarkson Capital Markets, the investment banking arm of shipping services group Clarkson PLC,  says it has enhanced its equity research coverage with the appointment of Omar Nokta as Managing Director of Shipping Research. Omar will be based in CCM's New York office.


ICC Conference Focuses on Platform to Settle Disputes

5th ICC International Commercial Mediation Conference a global platform for in-house counsel

  The 5th ICC International Commercial Mediation Conference has brought together leading mediators, arbitrators, corporate managers and in-house counsel from around the world to focus on how companies can improve their chances of settling commercial disputes through direct negotiation


Euroseas Announces $5m Share Repurchase Program

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Euroseas Ltd., an owner and operator of drybulk and container carrier vessels and provider of seaborne transportation for drybulk and containerized cargoes, has announced that its board of directors has approved a share repurchase program for up to a total of $5 million of the company's common


Aker Solutions Demerger Registered

Photo: Aker Solutions / Rolf Estensen

The consummation of the demerger of Aker Solutions ASA (the existing Aker Solutions) was registered with the Norwegian Registry of Business Enterprises after the close of trading on the Oslo Stock Exchange on September 26, 2014. The separation of Aker Solutions into two independent companies


First Damen Crane Barge to head to Uruguay

 Damen Crane Barge

  Damen Shipyard Group’s new transshipment Crane Barge (CBa) 6324 has got off to a strong start, with an order for the first unit from a client in Uruguay. The barge features the proven Liebherr CBG 350 crane as standard and on this occasion has been outfitted with a unique mooring


Aker Solutions Starts Trading After Company Split

The split creates a simpler and more focused Aker Solutions that is better positioned to meet the needs of customers in an increasingly competitive global energy industry

  Aker Solutions today started trading on the Oslo stock exchange as a leaner and more streamlined company that will build on its strengths in the subsea and field design markets. The company emerges after a spin-off of the Subsea, Umbilicals, Engineering and Maintenance


Nigerian Customer Orders Ninth Damen Dredger

CSD500 assembled and ready for its first job (Photo courtesy of Damen)

A Nigerian customer has added its ninth Damen dredger to its fleet. The Cutter Suction Dredger type CSD500 was chosen due to the availability of Damen Field Services in Nigeria, the builder said, adding that the local presence was even more practical in view of the challenging assembly conditions


DryShips: Public Offering of Its Senior Secured Notes

DryShips Inc. announced today that it intends to offer senior secured notes due 2017 (the “Notes”) pursuant to its effective shelf registration statement. The Company expects to use the net proceeds of the offering to refinance, in part


Knightsbridge Tankers Changes Name to Knightsbridge Shipping

Knightsbridge Tankers Limited (Nasdaq:VLCCF) has announced that it changed its name to Knightsbridge Shipping Limited. Also, the company's web address has changed to http://www.knightsbridgeshipping.com. The company's shares will continue to trade on the NASDAQ stock market under the symbol


Caterpillar Maintains Dividend Rate

  The Board of Directors of Caterpillar Inc. voted today to maintain the quarterly cash dividend of seventy cents ($0.70) per share of common stock, payable November 20, 2014, to stockholders of record at the close of business on October 20.






 
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