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Saturday, February 24, 2018

Securities Exchange Commission News

DryShips to Spin Off of Its Gas Carrier Business

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DryShips, a diversified owner of ocean going cargo vessels, announced that its wholly owned subsidiary, Gas Ships Limited has filed a registration statement on Form F-1 with the U.S. Securities & Exchange Commission, to spin off of its gas carrier business from the Company. In the spin-off, DryShips will distribute to holders of its common stock 49% of the issued and outstanding shares of Gas Ships Limited's common stock. Following the spin-off, Gas Ships Limited will be a publicly-traded company, and DryShips will retain a 51% ownership interest in Gas Ships Limited.

BofA Extends Credit to Matson

Bank of America Corp. and five other lenders have approved a combined $325m credit line for Alexander & Baldwin Inc. and its subsidiary Matson Navigation. According to a Securities & Exchange Commission filing, Alexander & Baldwin's portion of the credit line is $225 million, and Matson's is $100 million. The credit lines replace a prior agreement that was due to expire in 2011. Source: Charlotte Journal of Business

Chinese Shipbuilder's Shares Tumble

China's Rongsheng Heavy Industries' shares tumbled after US Securities & Exchange Commission accusation Shares of China Rongsheng Heavy Industries tumbled 17 percent to a record low yesterday after its chairman Zhang Zhirong was accused of insider trading by the US Securities and Exchange Commission, reports the 'Hong Kong Standard'. The SEC accused Hong Kong-based Well Advantage - solely owned by Zhang - of trading illegally before an announcement by CNOOC (0883) that it would buy Nexen for US$15.1-billion (HK$117.78-billion). In related news Rongsheng said it expects net profits in the first half to have fallen sharply due to a declining industry. Analysts expect whole-year profits to slide by 25-30 percent from 2011.    

GulfMark Files $250M Shelf Registration

GulfMark Offshore, Inc. (Nasdaq:GMRK) announced it has filed a $250 million shelf registration statement on Form S-3 with the Securities & Exchange Commission to register the offer and sale by the Company from time to time of up to $250 million of various securities, which may include common stock, warrants, debt securities, and or preferred stock. "We have no immediate plans to offer any of the securities for sale, but believe it is prudent to have registered securities available to fund future opportunities," said president and chief operating officer, Bruce Streeter. He added that the new shelf registration statement replaces the one filed in 2000 that expired. GulfMark Offshore, Inc.

Nautilus Marine Extends Acquisition Tender Offer

Nautilus Marine Acquisition Corp. extends its tender offer for Assetplus Ltd. until end of January 2013. The completion of the tender offer is a condition to Nautilus' previously announced acquisition of Assetplus Limited. The extension is being made to comply with the rules and procedure requirements of the Securities Exchange Commission. Except for such extension, all of the terms and conditions set forth in the tender offer materials filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission on December 7, 2012, as amended, remain unchanged. Shareholders who support the Company's business transaction with Assetplus should not tender their common shares in the tender offer…

Nautilus Marine Extends Acquisition Tender Period

Greece's Nautilus Marine Acquisition Corp. (Nautilus) extends tender period referring to the acquisition of Assetplus Ltd. The tender offer, as amended, has been extended until 5:00 p.m., New York City time, on February 13, 2013, unless further extended or earlier terminated. The tender offer was previously scheduled to expire at 5:00 p.m. New York City time, on January 31, 2013. The completion of the tender offer is a condition to Nautilus' previously announced acquisition of Assetplus Limited. The extension is being made to comply with the rules and procedure requirements of the Securities Exchange Commission. Except for such extension, all of the terms and conditions set forth in the tender offer materials filed with the U.S.

Navios Maritime Closes $35M Offering

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Owner and operator of container and dry bulk vessels Navios Maritime Partners L.P. has closed the previously announced offering of approximately 18.4 million common units at $1.90 per common unit, raising approximately $35.0 million of gross proceeds. Navios Partners will use the net proceeds of the offering for general working capital purposes, including vessel acquisitions. Following the closing, Navios Partners will have 167,589,764 common units and 3,420,203 general partner units outstanding.

NYSHEX Adds New Members in its Council

From left: Bjorn Jensen, Jochen Gutschmidt and Nick Fafoutis. Photo: NYSHEX

The New York Shipping Exchange (NYSHEX), the container shipping industry’s solution for digital and enforceable freight contracting,  has announces the appointment of new members to its board of directors and launch of the governing NYSHEX Member Council. This announcement follows the Federal Maritime Commission’s (FMC) December 2, 2017 approval of the NYSHEX governance model. NYSHEX now ushers in a fair, transparent and compliant process to ensure the interests of members are incorporated into the operation of the exchange.

Diana Containerships Launches USD 150 Mln Securities Offering

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Diana Containerships, a global shipping company specializing in the ownership of containerships, announced today that the Company has entered into a Securities Purchase Agreement with Kalani Investments, an entity organized in the British Virgin Islands (Kalani) that is not affiliated with the Company, for the sale of 3,000 newly-designated Series B-1 Convertible Preferred Shares, preferred warrants to purchase 6,500 Series B-1 Convertible Preferred Shares and preferred warrants to purchase 140,500 newly-designated Series B-2 Convertible Preferred Shares.

European Commission Fines Four Car Carriers $486.5mln

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The European Commission (EC) said Wednesday that it had fined four maritime car carriers 395 million euros (U.S. $486.5 million). Four shipping companies – CSAV, K Line, NYK and WWL-Eukor – have been fined by the EC for collusion in operating a cartel on the car carrier trades, in breach of EU antitrust rules. All companies acknowledged their involvement in the cartels and agreed to settle the cases. Commissioner Margrethe Vestager, in charge of competition policy said:"The Commission…

Friede Goldman Halter Says No Chapter 11

Friede Goldman Halter Inc., said on Wednesday it had not filed for bankruptcy protection and was seeking alternatives. The company's shares plummeted on Tuesday in response to investor concerns about the company's financial fitness. The shares had not recovered by late afternoon Wednesday trading on the New York Stock Exchange, a day after the company canceled a scheduled conference call with investors. The shares hit a new 52-week low of $.52 before crawling back to last trade at $.83, off 7.7 percent. An official statement released by the company said, "At this time, the company does not believe a filing is in the best interest of (its) creditors, shareholders, employees, or customers.

Sea Containers Extends Exchange Offer

Sea Containers Ltd. marine container lessor, passenger and freight transport operator, and leisure industry investor, has extended the exchange offer for its outstanding 9-1/2% Senior Notes due 2003 and 10-1/2% Senior Notes due 2003, which commenced on May 28, 2003, until 5:00 p.m., New York City time, on Friday, June 27, 2003. The date by which Notes may be tendered through the guaranteed delivery procedure described in the exchange offer materials will not be extended. Accordingly, certificates representing any Notes tendered pursuant to the guaranteed delivery procedure must be received by The Bank of New York, the exchange agent for the exchange offer, not later than 5:00 p.m., New York City time, on Monday, June 30, 2003. As of 10:00 a.m.

Emas Offshore Appeals Against Oslo Stock Exchange Delisting

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Oslo Stock Exchange has decided to delist the shares of Singapore-based Emas Offshore from trading. The offshore services provider considers this decision detrimental to its ongoing restructuring efforts. The Oslo Stock Exchange released a statement on Monday, February 19 announcing its intention to delist the shares of Emas Offshore Limited with effect from April 27, 2018. Emas Offshore, part of Singapore's Ezra Holdings plans to make an appeal against the decision by March 5. "In the meantime, the Company remains listed on the Oslo Stock Exchange.

Hornbeck Offshore Files Shelf Registration Statements

Hornbeck Offshore Services, Inc. has filed a universal shelf registration statement on Form S-3 and an acquisition shelf registration statement on Form S-4 with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Once declared effective by the Securities and Exchange Commission, the universal shelf on Form S-3 will enable the Company to sell from time to time, in one or more public offerings, up to $350 million of its common stock, preferred stock, debt securities or warrants to purchase common stock, preferred stock or debt securities, or any combination of such securities. In addition, the selling stockholders named in the Form S-3 may, subject to certain conditions, offer up to 2,250,000 shares of the Company's common stock in the future.

All Aboard for Hedge Funds as Trade Tide Lifts Shipping

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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.

Dry Ships Inc. Offers Ocean Rig Shares

Athens, Greece – Dry Ships Inc., a global provider of marine transportation services for dry bulk and petroleum cargoes and off-shore contract drilling oil services, announced that it is offering 9,000,000 common shares of Ocean Rig UDW Inc. (“Ocean Rig”) which it owns in an underwritten public offering pursuant to Ocean Rig’s registration statement on Form F-1, filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Dry Ships also intends to grant the underwriters a 30-day option to purchase up to 1,350,000 additional common shares to cover over-allotments. Deutsche Bank Securities and Credit Suisse are acting as joint book-running managers for the offering…

Euronav Postpones Public Offering

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Citing “unfavorable current capital market conditions,” Euronav NV announced today that it is postponing its contemplated initial public offering of ordinary shares in the United States and related offer to exchange the company’s outstanding unregistered ordinary shares in Belgium for ordinary shares registered under the Securities Act of 1933, as amended. The company said it will continue to evaluate the timing for the offerings as market conditions develop. The registration…

North Atlantic Drilling Set for Initial NYSE Public Offering

North Atlantic Drilling Limited (NADL), a leading offshore harsh environment drilling company in which Seadrill Limited currently holds a 74 percent ownership interest, to file for independent listing on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE). The company states that it has filed its first amended registration statements with the United States Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) in connection with its initial public offering and concurrent offer to exchange previously issued unregistered common shares, other than the common shares owned by affiliates of NADL, for common shares that have been registered under the Securities Act of 1933, as amended. Morgan Stanley will act as the Global Coordinator and Lead Bookrunner for the initial public offering.

Intelsat Commences Proposed IPO

Intelsat S.A. (formerly known as Intelsat Global Holdings S.A.) announced the pricing of its initial public offering of 19,323,672 common shares at a price of $18.00 per share and concurrent public offering of 3,000,000 Series A mandatory convertible junior non-voting preferred shares (the “Series A preferred shares”) at a price of $50.00 per share. On the mandatory conversion date, May 1, 2016, each Series A preferred share, unless previously converted, will automatically convert into common shares. The Series A preferred shares will have a 5.75% dividend rate and a liquidation preference of $50.00 per share. The Company has granted the underwriters in the initial public offering of common shares a 30-day option to purchase up to an additional 2,898,550 common shares.

Seacor Smit Files $200M Shelf Offering

Seacor Smit Inc., the provider of offshore marine services to the oil and gas industry, filed on Monday with the Securities and Exchange Commission to periodically sell up to $200 million in common and preferred stock, debt securities and warrants. The Houston-based company plans to use the net proceeds for general corporate purposes, it said in the shelf registration filing. Under a shelf registration, a company may sell securities from time to time in one or more separate offerings in amounts, at prices and on terms to be determined at the time of sale.

Euronav NV IPO in the US

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Euronav NV announced today the upsizing and pricing of its initial public offering in the United States. The size of the offering has been increased from the initially announced 13,550,000 ordinary shares to 16,260,000 ordinary shares at an issue price per share of USD 12.25 for gross base proceeds of USD 199,185,000. The Company has granted the underwriters a 30-day option to purchase up to an additional 2,439,000 ordinary shares. The Company’s ordinary shares offered in the…

Crowley Newco Corp. Extends Tender Offer

Crowley Newco Corporation announced that, in connection with its tender offer to purchase all outstanding shares of common stock of Crowley Maritime Corporation that it does not beneficially own at a price of $2,990 per share in cash, it has extended the expiration date for its tender offer and waived one of the conditions to the tender offer. The offer was set to expire at 5:00 p.m., New York City time, on Monday, April 30, 2007. The offer will now expire at 5:00 p.m., New York City time, on Monday, May 7, 2007, unless extended. As of 5:00 p.m., New York City time on April 26, 2007, approximately 30,350 shares of Crowley common stock had been tendered to the Purchaser at the price of $2,990 per share.

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 ...

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