Crude oil tanker owner and operator American Eagle Tankers Inc.
Ltd. has filed for an initial public offering that could raise up to $132 million for the unit of Singapore's Neptune Orient Lines Ltd.
American Eagle, which is based in Jersey City, N.J., plans to use the net proceeds from the IPO to expand its fleet of tankers, which currently numbers 24, it said on Tuesday in a filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission
The company is selling 6.75 million common shares for between $17.60 and $19.50 apiece, which would give it a potential market value of $495 million based on the high end of the price range and about 25 million shares outstanding.
American Eagle said 4.72 million shares are being offered in the United States
and Canada while
2.025 million shares, directly or in the form of Singapore Depositary
Receipts each representing one-tenth of a common share, will be offered outside of those countries.
The stock has been approved for listing on the New York Stock Exchange under
the symbol AEH, the SEC filing said.
Salomon Smith Barney
, who is the lead manager of the IPO, will be assisted by ABN Amro and Morgan Stanley Dean Witter. The underwriters have the option of buying 1,012,500 more shares in case the 6.75 million shares are all sold.
American Eagle operates all of Neptune Orient's crude oil tanker business. When the IPO is completed, Neptune Orient will hold 73.4 percent of the company.