Nasdaq-listed Pingtan Marine Enterprise Ltd. (PME) is to sell its 100% owned dredging subsidiary, China Dredging Group and its PRC operating subsidiaries, Fujian Xing Gang Port Service Co., Ltd. business and operating assets to an affiliate of the Company's Chairman, CEO and majority shareholder Mr. Xinrong Zhuo. The Board of Directors having received an independent fairness opinion from Duff and Phelps, LLC
- In addition to the fairness opinion on the proposed transaction from Duff and Phelps, LLC, the Board received appraisal reports from BMI Appraisals Limited for the respective operating rights and licenses to conduct fishing services of 20 new vessels which are included as part of transaction consideration.
- The Board, excluding Chairman and CEO Mr. Xinrong Zhuo, and the Company's Senior Officer, Mr. Bin Lin, unanimously approved moving forward with the transaction.
- During a period of 30 days from the date of this press release, the Board, excluding Mr. Zhuo and Mr. Lin, will evaluate other alternative proposals received.
- The transaction is expected to close during the fourth quarter of 2013.
Company to Receive Operating Rights for Vessels
The proposed transaction includes the transfer of exclusive operating rights for 25 years for each of the 20 new fishing vessels and licenses from Mr. Zhuo to the Company. These 20 fishing vessels received subsidies from China's central government budget in 2012, and a recent notification from the Government prohibits the sale or transfer of ownership for a period of 10 years for fishing vessels that have received such subsidies.
Pingtan is a marine enterprises group, engaging in dredging services and ocean fishing through its wholly-owned subsidiaries. The group primarily engages in ocean fishing with many of its self-owned vessels operating within the Indian Exclusive Economic Zone and the Arafura Sea of Indonesia. It is a growing fishing company and provider of seafood in the PRC.
More information available at: www.ptmarine.com