Navios Maritime Partners, an owner and operator of drybulk and container vessels, announced today that it agreed to acquire a 2005-built Panamax Vessel for $12.95 million, with delivery expected in March 2018.
It also announced that its board of directors has adopted a distribution policy of $0.08 per common unit annually.
Angeliki Frangou, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Navios Partners stated, “I am pleased we were able to restore distributions for our unit holders. Over the past couple of years, we used our cash flow to solidify our balance sheet and to renew and expand our drybulk fleet."
Angeliki Frangou added: "Indeed, since 2016, we grew our drybulk fleet by 37% and reduced its average age by 12%, on a deadweight tons basis. In the process, we established a unique platform in the drybulk sector capable of generating significant cash flow. We will share free cash flow with our unit holders through distributions, which we hope to increase as market opportunity and cash flow permit.”
Navios Partners agreed to acquire a 2005-built Panamax vessel, of approximately 87,000 dwt, for $12.95 million. The vessel is expected to be delivered to Navios Partners' owned fleet in March 2018.
Based on the current rate environment(Clarksons’ 1-year time charter rate for Panamax vessels as of March 2, 2018), the vessel is expected to generate approximately $3.2 million of annual EBITDA, assuming operating expenses approximating current operating costs and 365 revenue and cost days.
Navios Partners is expected to finance the acquisition with cash on its balance sheet and bank debt at terms similar to its existing banking facilities
Following this acquisition, Navios Partners controls 40 vessels.