Crude Carriers Corp. announced that it has priced its initial public offering of 13,500,000 common shares at $19 per share. The underwriters have an option to purchase up to an additional 2,025,000 common shares to cover overallotments.
Crude Carriers Corp. will use substantially all the proceeds from the offering, together with a $40m capital contribution from Crude Carriers Investments Corp., to acquire one 2006-built high specification Suezmax vessel from Capital Maritime & Trading Corp. at a price of $71.3m and two newbuilt very large crude carrier (VLCC) tankers for $96.5m each upon their delivery from the yard. The company’s common shares will trade on The New York Stock Exchange under the symbol CRU.
UBS Investment Bank, BofA Merrill Lynch and Wells Fargo Securities acted as joint book-running managers of the offering and as representatives of the underwriters, including Nordea Markets, Oppenheimer & Co., Cantor Fitzgerald & Co., Pareto Securities, RS Platou Markets and ING. The company has filed a registration statement (including a prospectus) with the SEC for its initial public offering of common shares, which the SEC has declared effective on March 11, 2010.