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Sunday, December 17, 2017

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Royal Caribbean Prices Public Offering

Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. has priced the public offering of 10,800,000 shares of its common stock at a price of $46 11/16 per share. Of the 10,800,000 shares offered, 10,000,000 shares are being sold by the company, and 800,000 shares are being sold by a selling shareholder. The company has granted to the underwriters of the offering an option to purchase up to an additional 1,620,000 shares of common stock to cover over-allotments. As previously announced, the company intends to use the net proceeds of the offering for general corporate purposes, including capital expenditures. The offering will be made to investors in the U.S. by managing underwriters Goldman, Sachs & Co., Merrill Lynch & Co., Banc of America Securities LLC, William Blair & Company, A.G.

Croatian Shipyard Delivers Oil Tanker To Doria Shipping

3.Maj Brodogradilište (MAJ), of Rijeka Croatia, delivered the first oil tanker of a series of four to Doria Shipping. In March, 1997 3.MAJ was contracted to build four 71,345-dwt oil tankers for $150 million. With the financing help of Merrill Lynch International of London, and the full support of the Croatian government, the company successfully in finalizing this order. Built for the transportation of crude oil and oil products, M/T Margara, has five pairs of cargo and one pair of slop tanks. Double sides were applied in fuel tanks, for the vessel's compliance with all international environmental requirements.

Merrill Lynch Slashes Rates On Trio of Oil Giants

Merrill Lynch on Thursday said it cut its rating on oil drilling companies Rowan Cos Inc., ENSCO International Inc. and Global Marine Inc., citing slack demand in the Gulf of Mexico drilling market. Merrill said that it previously believed drilling demand would improve by the late part of 2001, but it now looks as though that will not occur until early 2002. Shares of Global Marine were down $0.33 cents at $15.30. ENSCO was down $0.27 cents at $18.63, while Rowan was down $0.06 at $16.95 on the New York Stock Exchange.

Mersey Docks & Harbor Downgraded

Merrill Lynch downgraded its intermediate-term rating on Mersey Docks & Harbour Plc to "accumulate" from "buy," while keeping a long-term "acumulate" rating on the stock. "We believe MDK's attractive valuation by itself is not compelling enough to support a dramatic re-rating," Merrill analysts said in a research note. They cut their 12-month price objective on the stock to 620 pence from 665p. – (Reuters)

Cruise Powerhouse Carnival Corp. Commences Intermediate Ratings

Merrill Lynch said on Monday it had started coverage of Carnival Corp., the world's largest cruise line operator, with "intermediate" and "long term accumulate" ratings. Merrill said in a research note Carnival had a leading and growing market share in the expanding cruise industry, and both the company's and industry's prospects are reinforced by high consumer satisfaction levels and strong value ratings. It added that it had a 12-18 month price objective of $32 for Carnival - whose shares closed on Friday at $27.59 on the New York Stock Exchange and have a 52-week range of $18.31 to $34.93.

Container Shippers Seek Rate Hikes

A group of container-shipping companies will reportedly seek rate increases of between 10 and 15 percent next year on cargo traveling to the United States from Asia. The group, the Transpacific Stabilization Agreement, represents 14 container-shipping companies that handle goods ranging from clothes to electronics, toys and home furnishings. Cargo in the trade, of which the group handles more than 70 percent, has been valued at more than $200 billion a year. The rate increases are scheduled to go into effect May 1, 2000. The Oakland, Calif.-based Transpacific Stabilization Agreement represents major shipping lines including A.P. Moller-Maersk Line, Evergreen Marine Corp.

Double Hull Tankers Files for IPO

Inc. (NYSE:OSG), filed a registration statement with the Securities and Exchange Commission for a proposedinitial public offering of its common stock. Double Hull Tankers, Inc. and to time charter them back to other subsidiaries of OSG. UBS Investment Bank and Merrill Lynch & Co. are serving as joint book-running managers of the offering. A copy of the prospectus relating to these securities may be obtained, when available, from: UBS Securities LLC, Attn: Prospectus Department, 299 Park Avenue, 25th Floor, New York, NY 10171 or Merrill Lynch & Co., 4 World Financial Center, New York, NY 10080.

Merrill Lynch "Reduces" P&O's Rating

Merrill Lynch said on Monday it had cut its rating on British shipping and logistics group The Peninsular & Oriental Steam Navigation Company (P&O) to "reduce" from "neutral" in the intermediate term. Analysts at the investment bank also cut their long-term rating on the stock to "accumulate" from "buy", citing a worsening outlook for the company's container business. They expected second-quarter results for P&O Nedlloyd (P&O's joint venture with Dutch Koninklijke Nedlloyd Groep), due on Thursday, to be poor for sentiment, they said. "The tone is unlikely to be encouraging and the risk with forecasts is on the downside," they said.

Intelsat Proposes Public Offering of Common Shares

Intelsat Global Holdings S.A. announced that it has commenced the distribution of preliminary prospectuses in anticipation of its proposed initial public offering of 21,739,130 common shares and proposed concurrent public offering of 3,000,000 Series A mandatory convertible junior non-voting preferred shares (the "Series A preferred shares"). The offerings are being made pursuant to a registration statement on Form F-1 filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The company has granted the underwriters in the initial public offering of common shares a 30-day option to purchase up to an additional 3,260,869 common shares. The company has granted the underwriters in the public offering of Series A preferred shares a 30-day option to purchase up to an additional 450…

Safe Bulkers Announces Public Offering

Athens, Greece, April 11, 2011 – Safe Bulkers, Inc. (the “Company”) (NYSE: SB), an international provider of marine drybulk transportation services, announced today that it plans to offer 5,000,000 shares of its common stock to the public (the “Public Offering”). In connection with the Public Offering, the Company intends to grant the underwriters a 30-day option to purchase up to 750,000 additional shares of common stock. The Company plans to use the net proceeds of the Public Offering for vessel acquisitions…

LNG Demand Rises, Nuclear Power Shunned

According to a report from The Telegrapch, nuclear power has become a hard sell in many parts of the world since the disaster at the Fukushima nuclear plant in Japan and natural gas continues to benefit. Bank of America Merrill Lynch said it saw demand rising so fast for natural gas that it expects the market to start tightening in the second half of next year.  Source: The Telegraph  

BP Spill Opportunity in Disguise for Rig Builders

According to a June 14 report from Bloomberg, heightened U.S. scrutiny of offshore drilling after the BP spill, the worst in the nation’s history, may spur oil companies to replace aging rigs with new platforms made in South Korea and Singapore. Rig-makers Samsung Heavy Industries Co. and Keppel Corp. stand to benefit from drillers buying $300m-plus semi-submersible rigs. About 57% of current units are more than 20 years old, according to Merrill Lynch, the Bloomberg report said. (Source: Bloomberg)

GlobalSantaFe to Present at Global Energy Conference

GlobalSantaFe Corporation Chief Executive Officer Jon Marshall will present at 8:25 a.m. EST in New York on Wednesday, November 5, 2003, at the Merrill Lynch 2003 Global Energy Conference.

Safe Bulkers Exercises Option to Purchase Additional Shares

Athens, Greece - Safe Bulkers Inc., an international provider of marine dry bulk transportation services, announced today that it has sold an additional 750,000 shares of common stock pursuant to the underwriters’ option to purchase these shares at $6.50 per share, raising an additional $4,875,000 in aggregate gross proceeds before underwriting discounts and other offering expenses. The option had been granted in connection with a public offering of common stock, completed last week. Morgan Stanley, B of A Merrill Lynch and Credit Suisse acted as book-running managers and Evercore Partners acted as co- manager of the offering, which was made under an effective shelf registration statement.

Yangzijiang to Benefit From Ship Orders: Merrill Lynch

Bank of America-Merrill Lynch said that it sees Yangzijiang Shipbuilding Ltd. benefiting from potential orders after a revival of interest from container shipping firms in larger vessels. The broker’s outlook came after reports that Taiwan's Evergreen, the world's sixth-largest container shipping firm, ordered 10 vessels with a capacity of 13,800 twenty-foot containers (TEU) each. "Evergreen Marine decided to lease ten 13,800-TEU container ships from Korea Infrastructure Investments Asset Management Co (KIIMA). KIIMA will place new build orders with Hyundai Heavy," the broker said in a report. Merrill has a buy rating on Yangzijiang's stock with a target price of S$2.12.

Teekay Announces Pricing of Initial Public Offering

Teekay Offshore Partners L.P. announced that it has priced its initial public offering of 7,000,000 of its common units at $21.00 per unit. The 7,000,000 common units represent a 35.0% limited partner interest in the master limited partnership and the offering will increase to 8,050,000 common units if the underwriters exercise in full their over-allotment option. Teekay Shipping Corporation owns the remaining interests in the partnership, including common units, subordinated units, incentive distribution rights and its 2% general partner interest. Citigroup Corporate and Investment Banking and Merrill Lynch & Co. acted as joint book-running managers and representatives of the underwriters, which include Morgan Stanley, A.G.

Superior Offshore Shares Plunge

Shares of Superior Offshore International Inc., plunged after the company delayed filing its third-quarter financial statement. Superior Offshore shares dropped 77 cents, or 9 percent, to close at $7.83, after plunging 24 percent to $6.56 earlier in the session. The stock has dropped more than 40 percent since its initial public offering priced at $15 in April. In a Securities and Exchange Commission filing, Superior Offshore said the third-quarter filing was delayed as the company determines whether it is required to reclassify long-term debt as current debt. Superior Offshore said the reclassification may be necessary under the terms of a waiver from a lender related to defaults on the company's senior secured term loan facility.

Dryships Completes “ATM” Equity Offering

DryShips Inc. (NASDAQ:DRYS), a global provider of marine transportation services for drybulk cargoes and off-shore contract drilling oil services, announced the completion of the ATM Equity Offering in which the company raised gross proceeds of approximately $475m since commencing the offering pursuant to the prospectus supplement filed on May 7 2009. Merrill Lynch & Co. acted as sales agent in the offering. Following the completion of the program, the Company has approximately 257,645,000 common shares outstanding. George Economou, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the Company commented, “We have successfully completed our latest $475 million equity offering in market conditions where many established companies are struggling to raise capital.

ACL IPO Closes

American Commercial Lines Inc. (NASDAQ: ACLI) announced the closing of the initial public offering of 9,487,500 shares of its common stock at a price to the public of $21.00 per share. Of the shares sold in the offering, 7,500,000 shares were sold by ACL and 1,987,500 shares were sold by a selling stockholder. The shares sold by the selling stockholder included 1,237,500 shares purchased pursuant to an option granted by the selling stockholder to the underwriters, which was exercised in full. Based on the public offering price of $21.00 per share and after deducting underwriting discounts and commissions, the net proceeds to the Company were approximately $146.5 million, and the aggregate net proceeds to the selling stockholder were approximately $38.8 million.

Lifting of US Crude Oil Export Ban Possible within Year

The U.S. Congress could lift the 40-year old ban on domestic crude oil exports within a year as a drop in gasoline prices and the potential return of Iranian oil to global markets makes it an easier measure for politicians to support, Bank of America Merrill Lynch analysts said on Thursday. U.S. gasoline prices have dropped since last year along with global crude prices, thanks to strong crude output from the United States, Saudi Arabia and Iraq. On Thursday, the U.S. average for regular gasoline at the pump was nearly $2.74 a gallon, down from $3.65 a year ago, according to the AAA motorist club. If that remains the case, it has the potential to allay politicians' fears that they could be blamed any rise in gasoline prices if the crude oil export ban was lifted.

Shipbuilding in China – Yangzijiang to Benefit from Orders

Resurgent interest in construction of giant container ships likely to benefit Chinese shipbuilder Bank of America-Merrill Lynch, as reported by Reuters America Latina news, said it sees China-based Yangzijiang Shipbuilding Ltd benefiting from potential orders after a revival of interest from container shipping firms in bigger vessels, . Reports indicate that Taiwan's Evergreen, the world's sixth-largest container shipping firm, ordered 10 vessels with a capacity of 13,800 twenty-foot containers (TEU) each. Last year, the world's largest container shipping company, Maersk Line, ordered 10 18,000 TEU ships and later exercised the option for another 10, sparking others like Singapore's Neptune Orient Lines Ltd to increase their fleet.

Navy League Honors Prominent Leaders

America's Navy League to honor prominent industry, navy, city and financial leaders at their 111th New York City annual dinner. The following individuals are to be honored by the Navy League  formed 111 years ago in New York City with the encouragement of President Theodore Roosevelt). Daniel F. Admiral William E. Gortney , U.S. Navy, Commander, U.S. Honorable Raymond W. Joan E. "We are extremely pleased to recognize these individuals," stated Rear Admiral J. Robert Lunney , NYNM (Ret.) president of the New York Council. "They represent the finest qualities of leadership, and have significantly contributed to the nation and the nation's sea services," he added. The black-tie dinner is on Thursday, April 18th, 2013, at the Waldorf Astoria New York.

Diamond S Shipping Files for $100M IPO

Photo: Diamond S Shipping Group

IPO investment firm Renaissance Capital said that Diamond S Shipping Group, a provider of seaborne transportation of refined petroleum and is backed by WL Ross, filed on Tuesday with the SEC to raise up to $100 million in an initial public offering. The Greenwich, Connecticut-based company, which was founded in 2013 and booked $178 million in sales for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2013, plans to list on the NYSE under the symbol DSG. Diamond S Shipping Group initially filed confidentially on September 18, 2013. Jefferies and BofA Merrill Lynch are the joint bookrunners on the deal.

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