Sberbank, Sovcomflot Sign $106m Finance Deal
The largest bank in Russia Sberbank and shipping company Sovcomflot have signed a new USD 106 million project financing agreement, with a term of up to 14 years. The funds will finance the construction of a high ice class Arctic shuttle tanker (Arc7) for the Novy Port project, under a long-term agreement with Gazprom Neft. This is the third major transaction of its kind between Sberbank and Sovcomflot. The first joint project between the companies was in 2015, to finance the construction of three Arctic shuttle tankers to transport crude oil from the Novy Port field.
Sovcomflot Group, Sberbank CIB Sign Credit Facility Agreement
Sovcomflot Group and Sberbank CIB have signed a 14-year $340 million credit facility agreement to finance the construction of three Arctic shuttle tankers for the Novy Port project (project operator: Gazprom eft). Novy Port is one of the largest oil and gas condensate deposits on the Yamal peninsula in Russia. The vessels will serve as part of project infrastructure designed to enable year-round shipment of crude oil from an offshore loading terminal in the Gulf of Ob. The commercial production from the field will start in 2016. The transaction involves Sberbank Europe AG, a subsidiary bank of PJSC Sberbank. Commenting on the transaction…
Rosneft Delivers First Gasoline Cargo to Asia-Pacific
Energy giant Rosneft said on Thursday its trading arm had delivered an inaugural gasoline cargo to the Asia-Pacific, marking what could be Russia's first foray into a region dominated by OPEC producers from the Gulf. The 200,000-barrel cargo, bought by Rosneft from the international market and taken by Indonesian state energy company Pertamina, was delivered on free-on-board (FOB) terms to Malaysia. Rosneft declined to say from which refinery it had received the cargo. It also did not say from or to which ports it was being delivered. The cargo was shipped to Pertamina within a term agreement for the delivery of 1.2 million barrels signed between the companies in June, Rosneft said.
Sovcomflot $ 1.26 bln Debt Financing Complete
SCF Group completed a series of financing transactions in the total amount of USD 1.26 billion. The deals include USD 750 million of unsecured public debt and USD 512 million of bank loans raised for purposes of funding the fleet renewal and expansion programme and for the refinancing of maturing debt. The latest in this series were new long-term credit facilities for a total amount of USD 252 million signed in August 2016, with a number of international banks including: Citibank; DVB Bank; ING Bank; Nordea Bank and Unicredit Bank.
Navig8 Inks Sale and Leaseback Deal with SBI
Navig8 Chemical Tankers Inc. an international shipping company focused on the transportation of chemicals, today announced that it has entered into a sale and leaseback transaction with subsidiaries of Japan-based SBI Holdings Inc (“SBI”) for two 25,000 DWT stainless steel chemical tankers (the “Vessels”) being built by Kitanihon Shipbuilding Co. Ltd (“Kitanihon”). Crédit Agricole Corporate and Investment Bank (“CA-CIB”) is providing debt financing to SBI in connection with the transaction.
WFW Advises on MSC Cruise Ship Financing
Watson Farley & Williams (“WFW”) has advised long-time client MSC Cruises (“MSC”) on the €1.2 billion (US$1.35bn), export credit agency (ECA) supported financing of two newbuild ‘Seaside class’ cruise ships, which will be the largest vessels ever built by the Fincantieri shipyard in Trieste, Italy. The financing for MSC was provided by a syndicate of banks including Crédit Agricole Corporate and Investment Bank (“CA-CIB”), BNP Paribas, Cassa Depositi e Prestiti S.P.A., HSBC France, Banco Santander S.A and Unicredit S.P.A. as mandated lead arrangers and underwriters. CA-CIB also served as structuring agent and bookrunner. The financing was supported by Italian export credit agency Servizi Assicurativi del Commercio Estero (“SACE”).
Russia Sacrifices Gazprom Profit for Politics in Ukraine
Russia's top natural gas producer, Gazprom, will eventually lose more than it gains from raising the gas price for Ukraine by 80 percent, analysts said on Friday, predicting Kiev would cut purchases and fail to pay in full. Gazprom on Thursday announced a price rise for Ukraine to $485 per 1,000 cubic metres, the second increase in three days. The $485 price is the highest of any Gazprom customer and compares with around $370 on average for clients in the European Union. Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseny Yatseniuk said the increase, two weeks after Moscow annexed Ukraine's Crimea region, was unacceptable and warned he expected Russia to step up pressure by limiting supplies to Ukraine.
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.
Scorpio Bulkers Raise Scope of IPO
Scorpio Bulkers Inc. say it has increased the size of its public offering from the initially announced 15,500,000 common shares to 31,300,000 common shares for gross proceeds of $305,175,000. The Company has granted the underwriters a 30-day option to purchase up to 4,695,000 additional common shares, and they say they plan to use all of the net proceeds of this offering to fund newbuilding vessel capital expenditures. Scorpio Bulkers has contracted and agreed to purchase 28 Ultramax…
Fincantieri Files for Milan IPO
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.
Scorpio Tankers Announces Financing for Four Ships
Scorpio Tankers Inc. signed a committed term sheet for a $92m credit facility with Credit Agricole Corporate and Investment Bank and Skandinaviska Enskilda Banken AB to partially finance four of the five newbuilding 52,000 DWT product tankers (MRs) that the Company has contracted to be built at the Hyundai Mipo Dockyard in South Korea. The Company also announced amendments to the financial covenants in its existing credit facilities. Emanuele Lauro, CEO of Scorpio Tankers, commented, "We are pleased to have two additional strong international commercial banks as part of our banking group. We are looking forward to working with CA-CIB and SEB, and the rest of our banking group.
Russia Wants to Sell Sovcomflot to Small-stake Investors
Russia plans to sell part of state shipping firm Sovcomflot next month, hoping to draw in a wide range of small-stake investors rather than a strategic buyer who could threaten Moscow's control of the group, banking and industry sources say. The current era of low tanker market prices is far from the ideal time for Sovcomflot to raise revenue with a share offer, as freight rates were at their highs in 2015. Sovcomflot operates the world's second largest fleet of oil tankers. But…
Ukraine in "Emergency" Talks Over Gas Imports
Ukraine is in emergency talks with European neighbours on the possibility of importing natural gas from the West, following "political" rises in the price it pays for Russian gas, Prime Minister Arseny Yatseniuk said on Friday. The urgency of securing affordable supplies for Ukraine's struggling economy has grown since Moscow raised its discounted gas tariff for Kiev twice this week, almost doubling it in three days. Relations between Ukraine and Russia have turned hostile since popular protests in Kiev ousted pro-Russian president Viktor Yanukovich in February, after which Russia seized Ukraine's Crimea region and formally annexed it last month. The dispute has widened into the biggest stand-off between Russia and the West since the end of the Cold War.
Teekay to Offer 15m Shares
Teekay Tankers Ltd. (NYSE:TNK) announced today that it plans to offer 15,000,000 shares of Class A common stock of the Company in a public offering. Teekay Tankers expects to grant the underwriters a 30-day option to purchase up to an additional 2,250,000 shares of Class A common stock to cover any over-allotments. The Company expects to use the net offering proceeds to repay a portion of its outstanding debt under its revolving credit facility. Teekay Tankers Ltd. was formed in December 2007 by Teekay Corporation as part of its strategy to expand its conventional oil tanker business. Teekay Tankers currently owns a fleet of nine double-hull Aframax tankers and six double-hull Suezmax tankers and time-charters in two double-hull Aframax tankers from third parties…
Former ‘Google Barge’ Sold
After concluding two 3,500HP tug sales on December 30, Marcon International Inc. has started 2015 with three ocean barge sales, and hopes to report on several additional sales before the end of this month. Five 4,500-6,000HP tugs, one 5,150BHP AHTS and two 3,200 – 5,500dwt ocean barges continue to be fixed on previously arranged long-term charters. The most recent transaction is the purchase by private U.S. West Coast Buyers of the former “Google barge JMC 262” (ex-BAL0001, CIB 721) from Cashman Equipment Corp.
Ardmore Shipping Takes Credit Agricole Loan
Bermuda-based Ardmore Shipping Corporationtoday announced that it has signed a loan agreement for a new US$39-million credit facility with Credit Agricole CIB. Ardmore say that the proceeds from the new facility will be used to finance up to 65% of the purchase price of two vessels on order in the Company’s current fleet. The facility will be an amortizing senior term loan with a final maturity seven years from the date of drawdown. The covenants and other conditions are consistent with those of the Company’s existing credit facilities.
Transocean Prices Initial Public Offering
Transocean Partners LLC, a Marshall Islands limited liability company formed by Transocean Ltd., has announced the pricing of its initial public offering of 17,500,000 common units representing limited liability company interests at $22.00 per unit. All of the common units are being offered by Transocean Partners Holdings Limited, a wholly owned subsidiary of Transocean Ltd. Transocean Partners Holdings Limited has also granted the underwriters of the offering a 30-day option to purchase up to an additional 2,625,000 common units.
Höegh LNG Partners Launch IPO
Höegh LNG Partners LP ("Partnership"), a Marshall Islands limited partnership formed by Höegh LNG Holdings Ltd. ("Company"), announced today that it has commenced an initial public offering of 9,600,000 common units representing limited partner interests in the Partnership pursuant to a registration statement on Form F-1 previously filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (the "SEC"). The Partnership intends to grant the underwriters a 30-day option to purchase up to 1,440,000 additional common units. The common units are expected to trade on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol "HMLP". The common units being offered represent a 36.5% limited partner interest in the Partnership…
Hoegh LNG Partners Prices IPO
Höegh LNG Partners LP a Marshall Islands limited partnership formed by Höegh LNG Holdings Ltd., announced today the pricing of its initial public offering of 9,600,000 common units representing limited partner interests in the Partnership at $20.00 per unit. The Partnership has also granted the underwriters a 30-day option to purchase up to 1,440,000 additional common units. The common units being offered represent a 36.5% limited partner interest in the Partnership, or a 42.0% limited partner interest if the underwriters exercise in full their option to purchase additional common units. Höegh LNG Holdings Ltd. will own the Partnership's general partner and the remaining limited partner interest.
Scorpio Bulkers IPO to Fund Multi-Newbuilding Orders
The bulk ship owners announce its initial public offering of 15,500,000 common shares, granting the underwriters a 30-day option to purchase up to 2,325,000 additional common shares. Scorpio say that the net proceeds of this public offering are expected to be used to fund newbuilding vessel capital expenditures, including capital expenditures related to the Company's initial fleet, and for general corporate purposes, including working capital. They add that on December 2, 2013…
China Posts Record Trade Surplus
China's buoyant exports pushed its trade surplus to a record in July, fuelling optimism global demand will help counter pressure on the domestic economy from a weakening property sector. While manufacturing appears to have picked up in the world's second-largest economy, unexpected weakness in the services sector this week has renewed concerns about the growth outlook. The weak housing market remains China's biggest risk, posing a drag on the broader economy and investor confidence.
Brent Holds Above $98 Despite Weak Demand
Brent crude held above $98 a barrel on Friday, heading for its worst week in six as concerns over weak demand outweighed geopolitical worries in the Middle East and Ukraine. Weaker oil demand in China and Europe had caused growth in global oil demand to soften at a remarkable pace, the International Energy Agency said in its monthly report released on Thursday. The West's energy watchdog cut its demand growth projections by 150,000 barrels per day (bpd) to 900,000 bpd for 2014 and by 100,000 bpd to 1.2 million bpd in 2015.
Novatek CEO: Sanctions Hurt Yamal LNG, Upbeat on Plans
International sanctions have undermined the ability of Russia's Yamal LNG project to raise necessary funds but it will be launched as scheduled, Leonid Mikhelson, head of the plant's main shareholder, said in a televised interview on Tuesday. The company, co-owned by Gennady Timchenko, an ally of President Vladimir Putin, was placed under U.S. sanctions in 2014, soon after the final investment decision had been taken on the Yamal project in late 2013. The punitive measure makes it harder for the company, Novatek, to raise external debt. "Of course, technical difficulties due to sectoral sanctions against Novatek and automatically against Yamal LNG ... there are difficulties with attracting credit financing," Mikhelson told the state-run Rossiya-24 TV channel.