Capital Product Partners
announced that it has entered into a non-binding letter of intent to acquire the 2001-built, 159,982 dwt double hull tanker M/T Amore Mio II and the 2005-built, 12,000 dwt double hull product tanker M/T Aristofanis from Capital Maritime & Trading Corp., the owner of its general partner. The proposed purchase prices are $95 million for the M/T Amore Mio II and $23 million for the M/T Aristofanis, and the transaction is expected to be completed by the end of April 2008.
The M/T Amore Mio II is chartered to BP Shipping Limited under a charter expected to expire at the earliest in January 2011 at a base gross rate of $36,456 per day (net rate $36,000), and is subject to a profit sharing arrangement which is calculated and settled monthly and which allows each party to share additional revenues above the base rate on a 50/50 basis. Operating expenses for the M/T Amore Mio II are fixed for the next five years at a daily rate of $8,500 and include the expenses for its next intermediate survey expected to take place in 2009.
The M/T Aristofanis is chartered to Shell International Trading & Shipping Company Ltd. under a charter expected to expire at the earliest in March 2010, following a two year extension on its charter starting in April 2008, at a gross rate of $13,250 per day (net rate $12,952). Operating expenses for the M/T Aristofanis are fixed for the next five years at a daily rate of $5,500 and include the expenses for its next special survey expected to take place in 2010.
The Partnership intends to fund approximately $57.5 million of the acquisition price through a drawdown on its new revolving $350 million credit facility. An additional $2 million of the purchase price will be funded from available cash. The remaining amount of the purchase price will be funded through the issuance of approximately 2.55 million common units to Capital Maritime at a price of $22.94 per unit, which equals the volume weighted average price of the common units for the period from October 15, 2007 to February 15, 2008.