Shipwreck Explorers Funded for Excavations of Historic Ships
Odyssey Marine Exploration soon to begin three high-value marine recovery projects, receives US$ 8 million investment
Odyssey Marine Exploration, Inc. deep-ocean shipwreck explorers, announce it has delivered an additional closing notice for the Second Tranche of the financing that was previously announced in November 2011. The Company and the investor have agreed to a Second Tranche amount of $8 million.
Odyssey is planning to conduct the archaeological excavation of HMS Victory (1744) under contract with the Maritime Heritage Foundation and cargo recovery operations on SS Gairsoppa and SS Mantola under contract with the UK Department for Transport in 2012. The Company has several other projects and government agreements in various stages of development throughout the world.
Under the terms of the agreement, the indebtedness under the note for the Second Tranche is not convertible into equity for six months, during which time the Company has the right to redeem the note for 110% of the amount outstanding at the time of redemption. The note will bear interest at the rate of 9% per year.
Odyssey Marine Exploration, Inc. is engaged in deep-ocean exploration using innovative methods and state-of-the-art technology. The Company conducts extensive search and archaeological recovery operations on deep-ocean shipwrecks around the world. It also has a minority ownership stake in Neptune Minerals, a company focused on discovering and commercializing high-value mineral deposits from the ocean floor. Odyssey also provides contracting services, including proprietary deep-ocean expertise and equipment, to governments and companies around the globe.