BW LPG Raises Offer for Dorian LPG
Norway's BW LPG, the world's largest liquid petroleum gas shipper, raised its offer to buy rival Dorian LPG on Monday after its first advance was rebuffed.
BW offered Dorian shareholders 2.12 BW LPG shares for each Dorian share, up from 2.05 BW LPG shares in an initial offer made on May 29.
BW LPG said the offer represents a value of $8.67 per Dorian share. The stock closed at $7.98 in New York on Friday.
The total equity value of the new transaction is about $479 million, with a total enterprise value of about $1.1 billion, including the assumption of net debt.
BW LPG said it had held conversations with "many shareholders of both companies" and that the sentiment had been "overwhelmingly positive with many shareholders expressing surprise at Dorian's refusal to engage".
"Although the company remains open to engaging in dialogue with Dorian, BW LPG intends to nominate independent, highly qualified directors to stand for election to Dorian's board at its upcoming annual meeting," BW LPG said in a statement.
The deal is backed by shipping conglomerate BW Group, owned by the Hong Kong-based Sohmen-Pao family, which owns 14.2 percent of Dorian and about 45 percent of BW LPG.
Shares in BW LPG were up 2.47 percent at 0754 GMT, outperforming an Oslo benchmark index up 1.06 percent.
Dorian LPG's fleet consists of 22 very large gas carriers (VLGC).
The combined company would own 73 vessels, of which 68 would be very large gas carriers, 2 VLGCs currently under order and 3 large gas carriers.
(Reporting by Gwladys Fouche; editing by Jason Neely)