Tidewater, Gulfmark Announce Filing of Definitive Proxy Statement
Parties say transaction could close on or about November 15, 2018.Offshore services providers Tidewater and GulfMark Offshore announced today the filing of the joint definitive proxy statement and prospectus with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) regarding the pending business combination pursuant to which Tidewater has agreed to acquire all of GulfMark's outstanding shares in a stock for stock exchange. Both companies’ Boards of Directors continue to unanimously…
CGG Plans to Delist from the NYSE
CGG S.A., an geoscience company providing geological, geophysical and reservoir capabilities, said that the Board of Directors has unanimously approved the voluntary delisting of its American Depositary Shares from the New York Stock Exchange and its voluntary deregistration with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.According to a press release on the matter, CGG said that the costs associated with continuing the listing and registration of its ADSs exceed the benefits received by CGG…
Euroseas Sells Bulk Carrier M/V Monica
Euroseas, an owner and operator of container carrier vessels and provider of seaborne transportation for containerized cargoes, announced the delivery of M/V Monica P, a 46,667 dwt drybulk vessel, built in 1998, to its buyer, an unaffiliated third party. The gross proceeds of this sale were $6.45 million. The vessel was held for sale as of March 31, 2018. Following the sale of M/V Monica P, the Euroseas fleet consists of 10 feeder and one intermediate containership with a total carrying capacity of 25,473 teu making the Company the sole US-listed feeder containership company.
GoodBulk Files for a $100 Mln IPO
GoodBulk, an owner and operator of dry bulk vessels, announced that it has filed a registration statement on Form F-1 with the United States Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) relating to a proposed initial public offering (IPO) of its common shares.Morgan Stanley and Credit Suisse are acting as lead book-runners, Clarksons Platou Securities, Evercore ISI, Pareto Securities and UBS Investment Bank are also acting as book-runners, and ABN AMRO is acting as co-manager for…
Euroseas Spins Off Its Drybulk Fleet
Greece-based owner of containerships and bulk carriers Euroseas has spun off its drybulk fleet into a separate company. The Company announced that it filed a registration statement on Form F-1 with the Securities and Exchange Commission to spin-off the Company's drybulk fleet into a separate company, EuroDry Ltd., which has applied for listing on the NASDAQ Capital Market. "We believe that separate drybulk and containership investment options will give our shareholders the flexibility to adjust their holdings, if they so wish, between the two sectors,: he added.
All Aboard for Hedge Funds as Trade Tide Lifts Shipping
Forced to abandon ship after mistiming their investments five years ago, hedge funds are venturing back in a bid to profit from growing global trade flows. Around 90 percent of traded goods by volume are transported by sea and global shipping sectors, including dry bulk, are on course for a recovery this year after a near-decade long crisis, ratings agency S&P said in a report last week. The IMF has forecast GDP growth at 3.9 percent for 2018 and 2019 versus 3.7 percent last year, which analysts say is boosting sentiment for shipping.
Hedge Funds Hook Shipping Stocks Grappling for Recovery
Emerging recovery for segments of global shipping industry; Nordic American Tanker and Dryships Inc among popular stocks. Shipping stocks may still be in the doldrums in the view of many investors, but hedge funds have bet at least $675 million on signs of renewed buoyancy in the industry. Hedge funds made initial forays into shipping stocks in the third quarter of 2017, but significantly stepped up their bets in the final three months of the year, U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission filings compiled by Symmetric show. "Shipping has been in a terrible trough for a number of years," Chris Walvoord, global head of hedge fund research at investment consultant Aon Hewitt, said. "Hedge funds are starting to see opportunity ...
GoM Stakeholders Energized Despite Lingering Oil Bust
Gulf of Mexico vessel builders – and their customers – adapt to a lean offshore market. After oil prices plunged in late 2014 – pressured by shale output – demand for offshore vessels in the Gulf of Mexico shrank, day rates for boats fell and non-working units were idled. This year, several GoM boat builders filed for Chapter 11, or voluntary bankruptcy, while others consolidated. The most diversified companies kept their heads above water. Today, the outlook's a bit brighter. Crude oil prices hit bottom early last year. Tidewater Inc.
DoJ Closes Vantage Probe Over Petrobras Deal
Vantage Drilling International, announced that it has received a letter from the United States Department of Justice (DOJ) acknowledging Vantage's full cooperation in the DOJ's investigation concerning possible violations by Vantage of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, and indicating that the DOJ has closed its investigation without any action. The investigation arose in 2015 from allegations of improper payments to former officials of Petróleo Brasileiro S.A (Petrobras) in connection with the contracting of the Titanium Explorer drillship to Petrobras.
Malibu Boats Offers Two million Shares at $25.25/Share
US manufacturer of recreational boats Malibu Boats has announced the pricing of the follow-on offering of 2,000,000 shares of the Company's Class A Common Stock at a price to the public of $25.25 per share. The offering is expected to close on or about August 14, 2017, subject to customary conditions. The Company has granted the underwriters an option for a period of 30 days to purchase up to an additional 300,000 shares of the Company's Class A Common Stock. If exercised, all additional shares will be offered at the public offering price per share of Class A Common Stock in the offering.
SEACOR Declares Spin-Off Dividend of SEACOR Marine Shares
SEACOR Holdings Inc. and SEACOR Marine Holdings Inc. announced the timing and details regarding the spin-off of SEACOR Marine from SEACOR. The SEACOR board of directors has declared a pro rata dividend of the shares of SEACOR Marine common stock owned by SEACOR that will result in the complete legal and structural separation of the two companies. On the distribution date of June 1, 2017, SEACOR will distribute to its stockholders of record as of 5:00 p.m., New York City time, on May 22, 2017, the record date for the distribution, for every share of SEACOR common stock held, one share of SEACOR Marine common stock multiplied by a fraction…
Total Seeking to Buy Stake in Iranian LNG Project
French oil giant Total held talks with Iranian officials about several projects in the country in 2016, notably a 10 million tonnes per year liquefied natural gas project (LNG), Reuters reported. It has signed an agreement with Iranian authorities for a 50 per cent stake in Iran’s South Pars gas field project which will developed at an investment of $4 billion. Sources told Reuters in February that Total was in talks to buy a multi-billion dollar stake in Iran's partly-built LNG export facility.
GasLog Partners closes public offering
GasLog Partners LP today announced the closing of its public offering of 3,750,000 common units representing limited partner interests (the "common units"). The public offering price was $20.50 per common unit. The net proceeds from the offering, after deducting underwriting discounts and other offering expenses, and including approximately $1.57 million received from GasLog Ltd. (NYSE: GLOG) to maintain its 2.0% general partner interest in the Partnership, were approximately $77.06 million.
Frontline Proposes DHT Takeover
DHT Holdings, Inc has received a non-binding, highly conditional proposal from Frontline Ltd to acquire all of the outstanding shares of common stock of DHT in a stock-for-stock transaction. Frontline has proposed a ratio of 0.725 of a Frontline share for each share of DHT, which represents an implied price of $5.09 per DHT share, based on the closing price of Frontline shares of common stock on January 27, 2017. In the proposal letter delivered to DHT's Board of Directors on January 27…
Shipowner OSG, Former CFO, Charged over Tax Evasion
The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission said it charged on Monday shipping conglomerate Overseas Shipholding Group (OSG) and its former chief financial officer Myles Itkin with failing to recognize some $512 million in tax liabilities. OSG, which filed for bankruptcy protection in 2012 after the discovery of the tax liabilities, has agreed to pay a $5 million penalty subject to bankruptcy court approval, and Itkin agreed to pay a $75,000 penalty, the SEC said in a statement. (Reporting by Eric Walsh; Editing by Eric Beech)
Levenson Appointed Director, Great Lakes
The Board of Directors of Great Lakes Dredge & Dock Corporation the largest provider of dredging services in the United States and a major provider of environmental and remediation services, announced today that Ryan Levenson has been appointed to the Board of Directors, effective December 27, 2016. Mr. Levenson has also been appointed to the Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee. Concurrent with the 2017 Annual Meeting of Shareholders, the size of the class of directors of the Board with a term expiring at such meeting shall automatically decrease from three to two members. In addition, subject to certain exceptions, Great Lakes has agreed to include Mr. Levenson on the Company’s slate of nominees for the election of directors at the 2017 Annual Meeting.
Seanergy Maritime Prices $ 15 mi Offering
Seanergy Maritime Holdings Corp. announced today the pricing of its $15 million public offering of 10,000,000 common shares and class A warrants, at a combined price to the public of $1.50 per common share and class A warrant. The offering is expected to close on or about December 13, 2016. The Company estimates that the net proceeds from the offering, after deducting the underwriting discount and offering expenses, will be approximately $13,380,000. The net proceeds of the offering are expected to be used for debt repayment…
US Post-election Shipping Rally Raises Interest, Questions
Shares of U.S. shipping companies shot higher again on Wednesday, causing volatility halts in a number of stocks and raising questions among investors and analysts over the extent of their sharp post-election rally. The jump in share prices and unusually heavy trading volume even surprised analysts who follow the stocks, although some said the gains appeared to result in part from optimism that commodity demand would increase under President-elect Donald Trump. At the center of the rally has been DryShips Inc…
Hunter Maritime Acquisition Launches IPO
Hunter Maritime Acquisition Corp. announced the commencement of its initial public offering of 15,000,000 units at a price of $10.00 per unit. Each unit consists of one Class A common share of the company and one-half of one warrant, each whole warrant entitling the holder thereof to purchase one Class A common share of the company. The company will grant the underwriters a 45-day option to purchase up to 2,250,000 additional units. The units are expected to be listed on the NASDAQ Capital Market (“NASDAQ”) and trade under the ticker symbol “HUNTU”. Once the securities composing the units begin separate trading, the Class A common shares and warrants are expected to be listed and trade on NASDAQ under the symbols “HUNT” and “HUNTW,” respectively.
Amazon Expands Logistics Reach in China
Amazon.com Inc is aggressively expanding its logistics operations in China as part of a broader effort to control the rising cost of shipping billions of packages. Its plans in China, outlined in filings there, include handling cargo and customs for goods headed to ports in Japan, Europe and the United States. Some analysts say the move could help position Amazon to offer shipping services to other companies, eventually competing with the likes of United Parcel Service Inc and DHL Worldwide Express BV. That would mirror the strategy of Amazon's cloud computing arm, Amazon Web Services, which is now the company's fastest growing unit. The service was launched to serve Amazon's own retail operations but now hosts data for other companies.
Frontline Reports Strongest 3Q
* Frontline achieved net income attributable to the Company of $17.4 million, or $0.09 per share, for the third quarter of 2015 and net income attributable to the Company of $65.9 million, or $0.42 per share, for the nine months ended September 30, 2015. * The long-term charters for the 1995-built Suezmax tankers, Front Glory and Front Splendour, were terminated in September and October, respectively. The Company received compensation payments of $2.2 million and $1.3 million, respectively, for the termination of the charters.
Seanergy Maritime 2Q Revenue Nets $1.8 mln
Dry bulk shipper Seanergy Maritime Holdings Corp. announced its financial results for the second quarter and six months ended June 30, 2015. For the three months ended June 30, 2015, the company generated net revenues of $1.8 million. Total equity as of June 30, 2015 was $9.4 million. Stamatis Tsantanis, the Company’s Chairman & Chief Executive Officer, stated, “In the second quarter of 2015, Seanergy restored its revenue-generation capacity through the acquisition of its first vessel, the M/V Leadership, in March 2015. The Time Charter Equivalent (“TCE”) rate earned by M/V Leadership during the second quarter of 2015 amounted to $9,788, which compares very favorably with the average rate of the 4 T/C routes of the Baltic Capesize Index for the same period of $4,601.
SFL, Frontline Complete Long-term Charter Agreement
On May 29, 2015, Ship Finance International Limited (SFL) entered into a heads of agreement to amend the long-term chartering agreements with Frontline Ltd. The agreement is now completed, and Frontline has issued and delivered 55 million new shares to Ship Finance. The shares represent approximately 28 percent of the total number of issued and outstanding shares of Frontline. The Frontline shares are listed in New York and Oslo, and Frontline has agreed to register the new shares for resale with the US Securities and Exchange Commission and the Norwegian Financial Supervisory Authority, respectively. The new shares will then be freely tradable for Ship Finance, and may be sold or distributed to the Company's shareholders at a later stage.