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Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Diana Prices USD 70 mln Public Offering

Photo: Diana Shipping Inc

Diana Shipping, a global shipping company specializing in the ownership of dry bulk vessels,  announced that it has priced its previously announced underwritten public offering of 17,500,000 common shares, par value US$0.01 per share, at a price of US$4.00 per share. The Company has granted the underwriters an over-allotment option for a period of 30 days from the closing of this offering to purchase up to an additional 2,625,000 shares of common stock at the public offering price, less underwriting discounts.

NRC Completes OP-TECH Acquisition

National Response Corporation (NRC) announced the completion of the acquisition of OP-TECH Environmental Services, Inc. (OP-TECH). NRC was acquired in March 2012 by investment affiliates of J.F. Lehman & Company, a leading middle-market private equity firm focused on the defense, aerospace, and maritime sectors. Senior debt financing for the acquisition was arranged by BNP Paribas Securities Corp. (as sole lead arranger). Jones Day LLP provided legal counsel to NRC. NRC is a commercial provider of United States Oil Pollution Act of 1990 regulatory compliance and emergency response services as well as a global provider of diversified environmental, industrial and emergency response solutions. Headquartered in Great River, N.Y., with regional offices throughout the U.S.

Scorpio Tankers says Upsized and Extended Credit Facility

Courtesy Scorpio Tankers

Scorpio Tankers Inc. announced the upsizing and extension of its BNP Paribas Credit Facility. The Company has received an additional $27.6 million commitment from BNP Paribas to upsize its BNP Paribas Credit Facility. The $27.6 million increase of the bilateral financing will bear interest at LIBOR plus a margin of 2.30% per annum, has a final maturity of December 2021, and will be used to refinance the existing indebtedness on two MR product tankers (2013 built) at the lesser of $13.8 million and 48% of the fair market value of each respective vessel.

Drew Marine Completes Acquisition of Chemring Marine

Affiliates of Drew Marine (Drew Marine) completed of the previously announced acquisition of Chemring Group PLC’s (Chemring) maritime interests for cash consideration of £32 million. Under Drew Marine's ownership, the acquired business will be named Drew Marine Signal and Safety (DMSS). DMSS is the world's leading supplier of marine distress signals including handflares, manoverboard buoys, line-throwers and other required rescue products under established brands including Pains Wessex, Comet, Aurora and Oroquieta. The Company's products are produced in Bremerhaven, Germany; Pamplona, Spain; and Lara, Australia. The business will continue to be headquartered in Hampshire, UK.

Seaspan Extends, Refinances Credit Facility

Company says that move further strengthens Capital Structure. Seaspan Corporation ("Seaspan") announced that it has entered into an agreement to extend and refinance its $1.0 billion credit facility. BNP Paribas Securities Corp. acted as the lead arranger of the amended facility. Gerry Wang, Chief Executive Officer, Co-Chairman, and Co-Founder of Seaspan, commented, "We appreciate the strong support we continue to receive from leading global banks and are pleased to have successfully refinanced the $1.0 billion facility ahead of the maturity date and under attractive terms. The refinancing provides multiple benefits for Seaspan and its shareholders…

Sureclean Added to NRC Group

National Response Corporation (NRC) announced the completion of a deal which sees U.K.-based Sureclean Limited become part of the NRC group. NRC is a global provider of diversified environmental, industrial and emergency response solutions. Headquartered in Great River, New York, with regional offices throughout the U.S. and internationally, NRC has approximately 800 employees. Operating both in the U.K and internationally, Sureclean is a provider of specialty industrial and environmental solutions to the oil and gas, petrochemical, renewables, utilities, civil engineering and construction sectors. The company is headquartered in Alness, Scotland with additional offices in the Aberdeen area and employs a permanent staff of 135.

National Response Corporation Acquires Emerald Alaska

National Response Corporation (NRC), a portfolio company of J.F. Lehman & Company, announced today the completion of the acquisition of Emerald Alaska, LLC from Emerald Services, Inc. NRC is a commercial provider of United States Oil Pollution Act of 1990 regulatory compliance services as well as a global provider of specialized environmental and emergency response solutions. Headquartered in Great River, N.Y., with regional offices throughout the U.S. and internationally, NRC has more than 1,000 employees globally. Emerald Alaska is a provider of environmental and emergency response solutions to the oil and gas industry in the state of Alaska.

Texas LNG’s Brownsville Project Progressing

Artist impression depicting Texas LNG’s planned liquefaction facilities. (Image courtesy of Texas LNG Brownsville LLC)

Texas LNG appoints BNP Paribas as financial adviser for Brownsville LNG project, progresses FERC pre-filing process and completes over 60 percent of front end engineering and Design for facility. Texas LNG Brownsville LLC announced that BNP Paribas has been appointed as financial adviser for the Brownsville project. BNP Paribas will assist Texas LNG in the raising of equity and debt financing for the total capital requirements of the Project, including the execution of definitive transaction documents for achieving final investment decision (FID) and project construction.

Bahri Secures $133m Funding for Five Ships

Photo National Shipping Company Of Saudi Arabia (Bahri)

National Shipping Company of Saudi Arabia (Bahri) said on Sunday that a subsidiary had secured $133.2 million in Islamic financing to purchase five chemical tankers. The funding will be provided to National Chemical Carriers by Arab Petroleum Investments Corporation and BNP Paribas in the form of a murabaha facility for a 10-year period, it said in a bourse statement. A murabaha is a cost-plus-profit arrangement which complies with Islamic finance standards. (Reporting by Mariam Abu Bakr; writing by Tom Arnold; editing by Jason Neely)  

Navig8 Product Tankers Expands Fleet

Eco LR2 Navig8 Solidarity 109,000dwt. Photo by Navig8 Product Tankers Inc.

Navig8 Product Tankers Inc., an international shipping company focused on the transportation of petroleum products, has taken delivery of one LR1 74,000 DWT product tanker, the Navig8 Expedite, from STX Offshore & Shipbuilding Co, Ltd. The vessel will be entered into and operated in the LR8 commercial pool operated by the Navig8 Group. Thus far the Company has taken delivery of three LR1 and two LR2 product tankers newbuildings and anticipates that its entire newbuilding fleet will be delivered by the end of 2016.

Diana Shipping Announces $53.5m Drawdown

Diana Shipping Inc. Diana Shipping Inc., a global shipping company specializing in the ownership of dry bulk vessels, completed a drawdown of $53.5 million on December 19, 2014, through two separate wholly-owned subsidiaries, under a term loan facility it signed with BNP Paribas. The proceeds will be used to partially finance the acquisition costs of two Capesize dry bulk vessels, the m/v P. S. Palios and the m/v G. P. Zafirakis, which were delivered to the company on December 2, 2013 and August 20, 2014, respectively. Additionally, the company announced that through a separate wholly-owned subsidiary, it entered into a time charter contract with Glencore Grain B.V., Rotterdam, for one of its Panamax dry bulk vessels, the m/v Nirefs, a 75,311 dwt Panamax dry bulk vessel built in 2001.

Investors Snap Up Shipping Loans, Reflecting Growing Confidence

Calculator credit Dominic Alves CCL

Global private equity firm KKR has bought $150 million worth of shipping loans from two European banks amid a surge of interest in the industry as world trade in goods picks up along with the global economy. There have been a flurry of deals in recent months for ship finance loans, many of which are being put up for sale by banks under pressure to boost their capital in order to adhere to new, stricter industry legislation born of the financial crisis. The banks have suffered alongside the shipping firms they lent to, as the latter endured one of their worst downturns in decades.

IHC Merwede Expands Banking Facilities

IHC Merwede has recently increased its underwriting capacity by more than 50 percent to nearly $2.2 billion. Of this amount, over $1.3 billion has been committed. The financial agreement has been forged between IHC Merwede and an international banking consortium made up of five banks, with the aim of facilitating international growth. The five banks which form the consortium all have large international networks. Three of the five – ABN AMRO, ING and Rabobank – were chosen for their proximity to IHC Merwede’s Netherlands-based business.

Fincantieri Files for Milan IPO

Photo courtesy Fincantieri

Italy's Fincantieri said on Tuesday it had filed a request to list its shares on the Milan bourse, as state lender Cassa Depositi e Prestiti (CDP) moves to offer private investors a minority stake in the ship building company. The disposal of Fincantieri - wholly owned by CDP, which in turn is controlled by Italy's treasury - is part of a new wave of privatisations the Rome government announced at the end of last year. Banca IMI, Credit Suisse, JPMorgan, Morgan Stanley and UniCredit CIB are global coordinators of the offering.

Total CEO Calls for Increased Use of the Euro

Total's chief executive officer (CEO) Christophe de Margerie

French oil giant Total's chief executive officer (CEO) Christophe de Margerie said on Saturday, although they can not do without the dollar, but the euro should play a more important role in international trade. BNP Paribas was after U.S. regulators astronomical fines, some have called on the EU level to find ways to enhance the euro in international trade. Margerie was in answer to questions related to this. "To get rid of dollars, which is unrealistic, but if you increase the use of the euro will benefit," he told reporters. He also said that although oil is quoted in U.S.

Aegean Marine Petroleum Secure US$1-billion Credit Facility

Aegean Marine Petroleum Network Inc. state they will make use of this line of credit for working capital in connection with the purchase, transportation, storage and sale of fuel and gas oil. "These facilities significantly enhance our financial flexibility and will help support Aegean's continued ability to expand our global market share while achieving profitable revenue growth," said E. Nikolas Tavlarios, President of Aegean. "We believe our liquidity and strong balance sheet are key differentiators that create significant competitive advantages. Spyros Gianniotis Aegean's Chief Financial Officer added, "We are pleased that eight of the 13 banks participating in the facilities are new to our bank group.

CMA CGM Keeps Buying NOL Shares

Pic: Neptune Orient Lines

French liner giant CMA CGM has acquired last week a total of 2.26 million shares in Neptune Orient Lines (NOL), six months before it is scheduled to make good its S$3.4 billion takeover bid for the Singapore-listed liner, reports Business Times. It acquired 1.33 million (0.05 per cent stake) at $1.233 apiece) and 930,700 shares (0.04 per cent) at S$1.235 each on Jan 4 and Jan 5 respectively. This information was revealed by CMA CGM's financial advisers comprising the Singapore branches of BNP Paribas and The Hongkong and Shanghai Banking Corporation as well as JP Morgan.

CMA CGM Secures Bank Funding for NOL Takeover

Photo: CMA CGM

CMA CGM has secured the necessary financial backing to proceed with an acquisition of Singapore's Neptune Orient Lines (NOL), Reuters reports, citing two people said to be familiar with the matter. The French shipping giant is reported to have received “firm commitment” from lenders HSBC, BNP Paribas and JPMorgan to bankroll the deal. A takeover of NOL would boost the world's third biggest container line's position on transpacific routes at a time when operators are struggling with overcapacity and low freight rates.

Iridium Signs Coface Facility Agreement

Iridium Communications Inc. (Nasdaq:IRDM) announced that it has signed the definitive Coface Facility Agreement to finance its next-generation satellite constellation, Iridium NEXT. The syndicate of nine banks is led by Deutsche Bank AG, Banco Santander SA, Société Générale, Natixis and Mediobanca International S.A., and includes BNP Paribas, Crédit Industriel et Commercial, Intesa Sanpaolo S.p.A. and Unicredit Bank Austria AG. They will provide up to $1.8b of financing to Iridium for the design and manufacture of Iridium NEXT satellites. The funding under the Facility is subject to customary closing conditions, which are expected to be met shortly. The credit facility consists of two pro rata tranches. One tranche of up to $1.537b will bear a fixed interest rate of 4.96% per annum.

J.F. Lehman & Co. Acquires ACR Electronics

J.F. Lehman & Company acquired ACR Electronics, Inc. from Chelton Avionics, Inc., a subsidiary of Cobham plc. ACR Electronics, Inc. is a leading provider of safety products and solutions to the aviation, marine, military and commercial markets worldwide. The Company’s core products include life-saving devices such as rescue beacons, safety lights, and other safety equipment which have been sold for decades under the ACR and Artex brands. “We are very pleased to have the opportunity to invest in ACR Electronics,” said Stephen Brooks, Partner at J.F. Lehman. “ACR Electronics is a market leader in many of J.F. Lehman’s core end-markets and has a strong reputation for quality and engineering expertise across a diverse product suite with both military and civilian customers.

IHC Merwede Nails Down Finance Agreement

A ceremony for the largest ever working capital guarantee issued by Atradius Dutch State Business – on behalf of the Dutch Government – took place on April 5, 2012 at IHC Merwede’s shipyard in Krimpen aan den IJssel. With this finance agreement in place, IHC Merwede will start work on the construction of two pipe-laying vessels for its Malaysian customer SapuraCrest. The ships are part of a recent offshore order worth €450 million and will install flexible pipelines in Brazilian waters, where large quantities of oil have been discovered. The delivery dates for the vessels, which will be built in The Netherlands, have been set for May and August, 2014, respectively.

IHC Merwede Poised for Expansion

A decision has been made to maintain the current shareholder structure at IHC Merwede. The IHC Merwede Supervisory Board – in addition to all of the current shareholders – is comfortable with the financial strength of the company for the next year. With the support of JP Morgan and Rabobank M&A, IHC Merwede has carried out extensive research over the past few months into the possibility of broadening the shareholding structure. However, the current situation within the global financial markets has resulted in limited opportunities to achieve this. This means that the current structure will now remain in place for the long term. The IHC Merwede shareholders are: Rabo Capital…

WISTA Ladies Show the Flag in Paris

WISTA USA Members in Paris: Photo credit WISTA

Twenty WISTA USA (Women’s International Shipping & Trading Association) members travel to Paris for the AGM. This annual gathering of WISTA members in locations around the world is augmented by industry leaders who participate in the three-day event as both speakers and delegates. This year a record 283 attended the event from 34 countries. The conference was kicked off by Peter Hinchliffe, Secretary General for the International Chamber of Shipping. Mr. Hinchliffe stressed the need for the international regulatory community to look for rational approaches to effecting change.

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