Global Ship Lease Bags Refinancing Deal
Global Ship Lease (GSL), UK-based holding company and containership charter owner, has now settled a five-year refinancing of its debt.According to the container ship owner, the new syndicated $268m credit facility is signed with a number of commercial lenders including Credit Agricole Corporate and Investment Bank, ABN AMRO Bank, CIT Bank, Hellenic Bank and Siemens Financial Services.GSL expects to draw down the first tranche of the New Senior Loan, in full, of $230 million shortly…
GasLog Adds New LNGC from SHI
Monaco-based shipowner GasLog has taken delivery of the 180,000-m3 GasLog Warsaw liquefied natural gas carrier (LNGC) from South Korea’s Samsung Heavy Industries (SHI) on July 31.GasLog Warsaw is the first 180,000 cbm LNG tanker delivered to the company by SHI. The shipbuilder has a further seven units for GasLog on order.GasLog Warsaw is a 180,000 cubic meter (cbm) Mark III Flex Plus carrier with low pressure dual fuel two-stroke (X-DF) propulsion.The vessel was immediately delivered…
WFW Advises DNB on USD310m Loan to Star Bulk Carriers
International law firm Watson Farley & Williams (WFW) advised Norway’s DNB Bank ASA (DNB), as facility agent and security agent for a syndicate of banks comprising itself, ABN AMRO Bank N.V., BNP Paribas, Danish Ship Finance and Skandinaviska Enskilda Banken AB, in relation to a US$310m loan facility provided to Star Bulk Carriers Corp.Secured on 26 vessels in Star Bulk’s fleet, the facility consists of two tranches: (a) a first tranche of US$240m used to refinance Star Bulk’s debt under five existing facility agreements…
HC2 Holding Mulls Global Marine Sale
The diversified holding company HC2 Holdings announced that it is exploring strategic alternatives, including a potential sale, for its Global Marine Group (GMG) subsidiary.As part of this process, Global Marine Holdings, a leading provider of offshore engineering services to the telecommunications, renewables and oil & gas industries through its operating subsidiary Global Marine Systems Limited, has engaged Deutsche Bank Securities Inc. and ABN AMRO Bank as joint advisors to explore strategic alternatives for the business."Since our acquisition four years ago…
Fredriksen's Flex Raises $300 Mln for LNG Newbuilds
Flex LNG, controlled by Norwegian-born billionaire John Fredriksen, has raised $300 million in a private placement of shares to help pay for five new vessels costing $918 million, it said on Thursday.Fredriksen's companies typically add high-yield bond issues and bank loans at a later time to pay the cost not covered by share sales.When the vessels are delivered from the yards of South Korea's Daewoo (DSME) and Hyundai (HHI) in 2020 and 2021, Flex LNG will have a fleet of 13 ships, Flex said.Fredriksen himself bought shares for $100 million, cutting his overall stake in the firm to 44.6 percen
Star Bulk Carriers Announces $310mln Loan for Vessels, 50 Scrubbers
Star Bulk Carriers announced that it has entered into a $310 million loan agreement, which includes a $70 million tranche (Green Loan Tranche) that will exclusively finance the procurement and retrofitting of scrubbers for up to approx. 50 vessels in Star Bulk’s fleet. According to a press release from the global shipping company focusing on the transportation of dry bulk cargoes, DNB Bank, acted as the Mandated Lead Arranger, Facility Agent and Coordinator, along with ABN AMRO Bank…
Scorpio Bulkers Secures $60 Mln Loan Facility
Scorpio Bulkers Inc. said it has received a commitment from ABN AMRO Bank N.V. and Norddeutsche Landesbank Girozentrale for a loan facility of up to $60 million that will be used to finance up to 60 percent of the fair market value of two Ultramax dry bulk vessels (SBI Perseus and SBI Phoebe) and two Kamsarmax dry bulk vessels (SBI Electra and SBI Flamenco).The loan facility has a final maturity date of five years from drawdown date and bears interest at LIBOR plus a margin of 2.25 percent per annum.The loan facility…
Scorpio Bulkers Gets New Loan Facility
Monaco-based international shipping company Scorpio Bulkers announced that it has received a commitment from ABN AMRO Bank N.V. and Norddeutsche Landesbank Girozentrale for a loan facility of up to USD 60 million.The loan facility will be used to finance up to 60% of the fair market value of two Ultramax dry bulk vessels (SBI Perseus and SBI Phoebe) and two Kamsarmax dry bulk vessels (SBI Electra and SBI Flamenco).The loan facility has a final maturity date of five years from drawdown date and bears interest at LIBOR plus a margin of 2.25% per annum.This loan facility…
DESS Aquaculture Adds New 60M Harvest Vessel
DESS Aquaculture Shipping AS, a joint venture between Solstad Farstad ASA (SOFF) and Marine Harvest ASA, took delivery of the harvest vessel “Aqua Merdø” on May 24th 2018. The vessel will commence its 10-year charter contract with Marine Harvest upon delivery at location within few days. “Aqua Merdø” is developed in close collaboration between the owners and Salt Ship Design and has been built by Myklebust Verft, Norway. Long term financing of “Aqua Merdø” is arranged by ABN AMRO Bank N.V.
Scorpio Tankers Ties-up for Debt Refinancing
Scorpio Tankers announced that, following from the announcement of new financing initiatives on April 25, 2018, the Company has received commitments from four leading European financial institutions for three separate loan facilities of up to $195.9 million in aggregate. It will raise $53.9 million of new liquidity in aggregate after the repayment of $142.0 million of existing secured debt. The Company expects to make announcements for further individual transactions in the coming weeks. The Company has received a commitment from ABN AMRO Bank N.V.
International Seaways Funds FSO Joint Ventures
International Seaways announced that its joint ventures with Euronav NV, which own the FSO Africa and FSO Asia floating storage and offloading service vessels, have closed on a $220 million credit facility. Based on INSW’s 50% ownership in the joint ventures, the Company has received $110 million in proceeds from the drawdown of the facility, which it expects to use for general corporate purposes, including to partially fund the previously announced VLCC acquisition. “With the $110 million term loan…
Euronav Secures Loan for Four Ice-class Suezmaxes
Tanker shipping company Euronav has secured a loan facility providing financing for four ice-class suezmax newbuildings under construction by Hyundai Samho Heavy Industries Co., Ltd., two of which have recently been delivered with the remaining two scheduled for delivery later in 2018.Watson Farley & Williams LLP (WFW) said it acted for Crédit Agricole Corporate & Investment Bank in relation to a $173.5 million loan facility for Euronav NV signed on March 22, 2018. The commercial lenders were Crédit Agricole Corporate & Investment Bank…
SCF Secures Funds for Six Aframax Tankers
PAO Sovcomflot (SCF Group) informed that it has signed a new $252 million 7-year credit facility with a consortium of six leading international banks, which includes: ABN AMRO Bank; BNP Paribas; Citibank; ING Bank; KfW IPEX-Bank, and Société Générale. The funds will be used towards financing a series of six Aframax tankers, the first-ever such vessels purpose-designed to be powered by LNG, currently under construction and due for delivery from Q3 2018 to Q2 2019. These innovative…
Vitol Returns for $8 Bln Loan Refinancing
Geneva-headquartered energy and commodities trader Vitol has signed an US$8bn loan refinancing of credit facilities agreed in October 2016, the company announced on Wednesday. The revolving credit facility, which is used for working capital and general corporate purposes, comprises a three-year tranche and a 364-day tranche. The three-year tranche totals over US$7bn. ABN AMRO Bank, Commerzbank, Credit Agricole CIB, HSBC Bank and ING Bank were active bookrunners on the transaction. Bank of America Merrill Lynch, MUFG, BNP Paribas, Citigroup, Credit Suisse, DBS Bank, Deutsche Bank, JP Morgan, Lloyds Bank, Mizuho Bank, Natixis, Rabobank, Societe Generale, Standard Chartered Bank, SMBC and UniCredit Bank were mandated lead arrangers and bookrunners.
TGS Shares Fall after Q2 Sales Disappoint
Shares of the world's leading provider of geoscience data to oil companies TGS fell by more than 6 percent on Thursday, after disappointing sales in the second quarter. TGS reported $108 million in quarterly revenues, 6 percent below consensus, and compared with $114 million in the second-quarter a year ago. "Part of the problem was that TGS failed to sell more in Brazil, where PGS and CGG did well, or in Mexico, where it had data in the wrong place or it was simply too expensive," Iver Baatvik at ABN-AMRO bank said. The so-called late sales of seismic data were down to $79 million from $84 million a year ago. Peers including Schlumberger, PGS and CGG all reported year-on-year growth in the second quarter.
Höegh LNG Secures Financing for FSRU Unit
Höegh LNG Holdings has announced that it has received commitment letters for a US$230 million debt financing for its eighth floating storage and regasification unit (FSRU). The Facility comprises a 12 year export credit agency (ECA) term loan of up to USD 150 million backed by Garantiinstituttet for Eksportkreditt (GIEK) and Eksportkreditt of Norway, and a 5 year non-amortising commercial bank loan of up to USD 80 million funded by ABN AMRO Bank, Danske Bank, Nordea and Swedbank.
European Banks Back Green Shipping Deal
The European Investment Bank and Dutch bank ABN Amro will sign an agreement to support investments for greening the European shipping fleet. This framework is the first with a financial institution in the Netherlands and is supported by the Connecting Europe Facility and was made possible by the EFSI (European Fund for Strategic Investments), central pillar of the Juncker Commission’s Investment Plan for Europe. The framework guarantee agreement will ensure that promoters of sustainable…
BW LPG Refinances Six Ex-Aurora Ships
BW LPG Limited has signed a Debt Facility Agreement of USD290 million for the re-financing of six 2016 built ex-Aurora ships. The re-financing has been raised from The Export-Import Bank of Korea (KEXIM) as ECA (Export Credit Agency) lender, with ABN AMRO Bank N.V., Singapore branch and Oversea-Chinese Banking Corporation Limited as Mandated Lead Arrangers. ABN AMRO Bank N.V., Singapore branch also acted as coordinator and facility agent. The all-in cost for this financing is LIBOR plus 1.88%, with a 16-year amortization profile.
Euronav Gets Credit Line of $ 410mln
Euronav NV announces has signed a new USD 410 million senior secured amortizing revolving credit facility. The facility has been made available on 16 December 2016 for the purpose of refinancing 11 vessels as well as Euronav’s general corporate and working capital purposes. The credit facility was used to refinance the USD 500 million senior secured credit facility dated 25 March 2014 and will mature on 31 January 2023 carrying a rate of LIBOR plus a margin of 2.25%. Hugo De Stoop, CFO of Euronav said: “This new facility will provide a lot of flexibility for Euronav.
Euronav Secures Loan for VLCC Refinancing
Tanker shipping company Euronav NV announced it has signed a new $410 million senior secured amortizing revolving credit facility. The facility has been made available on December 16, 2016 for the purpose of refinancing 11 vessels as well as Euronav’s general corporate and working capital purposes. The credit facility was used to refinance the $500 million senior secured credit facility dated March 25, 2014 and will mature on January 31, 2023 carrying a rate of LIBOR plus a margin of 2.25 percent.
Navig8 Adds New LR1 Tanker
Navig8 Product Tankers Inc. an international shipping company focused on the transportation of petroleum products, today announced that it has taken delivery of the Navig8 Precision a 74,000 DWT LR1 tanker from SPP Shipbuilding Co., Ltd (“SPP”). The Navig8 Precision is the third of four vessels contracted at SPP to be delivered to the Company and is the first vessel to be delivered under the secured loan facility entered into with ABN AMRO BANK N.V., Singapore Branch announced on July 19, 2016. The Navig8 Precision will be entered into and operated in Navig8 Group’s LR8 commercial pool.
Scorpio Tankers Receives Commitment for Loan Facility
Scorpio Tankers Inc. announced that it has received a commitment for a loan facility up to $300 million from ABN AMRO Bank N.V., Nordea Bank Finland plc, acting through its New York branch, and Skandinaviska Enskilda Banken AB. The loan facility will be used to refinance the existing indebtedness on 16 MR product tankers, has a final maturity of five years from the first drawdown date and bears interest at LIBOR plus a margin of 2.5 percent per annum. The loan facility will be comprised of a term loan up to $200 million and a revolver up to $100 million…
Diana Acquires Panamax Bulker
Diana Shipping Inc. today announced that through a separate wholly-owned subsidiary, it has taken delivery of the m/v Selina (formerly “Sunshine”), a 2010 built Panamax dry bulk vessel of 75,700 dwt that the Company entered into an agreement to purchase in February 2016. As previously announced, the Company signed, through two separate wholly-owned subsidiaries, a term sheet with ABN AMRO Bank N.V. for a term loan facility of up to US$25.755 million to finance the entire acquisition cost of m/v Infinity 9 (tbr.