Costamare Shipbuilding, Chartering, Financing Contracts

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Costamare Inc. (NYSE: CMRE) announced the conclusion of shipbuilding contracts and charter agreements for five newbuild containerships, new chartering agreements for certain containerships in the water, and the completion of financing arrangements for two previously contracted newbuild containerships. 

 
(A) Ordering and Chartering of 5 Post-Panamax Newbuild Containerships 
 
The company has ordered from Sungdong Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering Co., Ltd. of Korea five newbuild containerships, each of approximately 8,800 TEU capacity. The five newbuild containerships are expected to be delivered between the first and the third quarters of 2013. The company has entered into long-term time charter agreements with members of the Evergreen Group for the employment of each vessel immediately upon delivery. 
 
The acquisition is expected to be financed by cash from operations and new credit facilities; the company has received indications of interest from major financial institutions and does not expect to use its currently committed credit line. 
 
Both the contract price and the daily charter rate are similar to those agreed in January 2011 regarding the three approximately 9,000 TEU newbuild containerships contracted with China Shipbuilding Trading Company Limited and Shanghai Jiangnan Changxing Heavy Industry Co., Ltd. and chartered to Mediterranean Shipping Company S.A. These three previously announced vessels were contracted for a price of approximately $95 million each and chartered for a period of 10 years at a daily rate of $43,000. 
 
(B) Finalizing Financing for Two Previously Contracted Newbuild Containerships 
 
The company has finalized with a major European financial institution the financing arrangements for the two newbuilding contracts entered into with Sungdong Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering Co., Ltd. in January 2011. The two newbuild containerships are expected to be delivered by the end of 2012, and the Company has entered into time charter agreements with Mediterranean Shipping Company S.A. for the employment of each containership immediately upon delivery for a period of 10 years. 
 
The company has entered into the following chartering agreements: 
 
i. To charter its 1991 built 3,351 TEU c/v Karmen for a period of approximately 12 months, starting from April 22, 2011 at a daily rate of $19,400. The vessel was acquired in September 2010 for a price of $11.25 million. 
ii. To charter its 1992 built 3,351 TEU c/v Marina for a period of approximately 12 months, starting from April 2, 2011 at a daily rate of $18,000. The vessel was acquired in September 2010 for a price of $11.25 million.
iii. To charter its 1991 built 2,020 TEU c/v MSC Pylos for a period of approximately 12 months, starting from February 28, 2011 at a daily rate of $9,200. The vessel was acquired in December 2010 for a price of $7.5 million.
iv. To charter its 1996 built 1,504 TEU c/v Prosper for a period of approximately 12 months, starting from April 15, 2011 at a daily rate of $10,500. The vessel was acquired in January 2011 for a price of $9.5 million.
v. To charter its 1995 built 1,162 TEU c/v Zagora for a period of approximately 6 months, starting from February 7, 2011 at a daily rate of $7,500. The vessel was acquired in December 2010 for a price of $8.3 million.
vi. To extend the charter agreement of the 3,883 TEU, 1993 built MSC Antwerp from May 15, 2011 for a period of 27 months at $17,500 daily. The vessel was acquired in 1999.
vii. To extend the charter agreement of the 2,024 TEU, 1992 built MSC Sudan II for a period of approximately 12 months, starting from July 2011, at a rate of $12,000 daily. The vessel was acquired in February 2011 for a price of $10.0 million. 
 
Management Commentary:
Konstantinos V. Konstantakopoulos, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the Company said: "Since going public, we have successfully executed on our proposed growth strategy, having invested in total over 1 billion dollars in 10 newbuild containerships and 10 secondhand containerships at an attractive point in the cycle." 
 
"After the Chinese New Year, the market developed as expected, and we are chartering our recently acquired vessels at favorable rates." 
 
"Our newbuild containership orders are backed by first class charterers; the completion of our latest transaction marks a major milestone in our highly valued relationship with Evergreen. Going forward, our goal remains to create shareholder value by prudently growing our fleet and increasing our dividend consistent with our dividend policy." 
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