TOP Tankers Inc said
that it has entered into an agreement to re-acquire four suezmax tankers that it sold in 2006 in a sale and lease-back transaction, and to terminate the respective operating leases.
The four suezmax tankers are Limitless (DWT 136,055 built 1993), Endless
(DWT 135,915 built 1992), Noiseless (DWT 149,554 built 1992) and Stainless
(DWT 149,599 built 1992). The acquisition will be financed 70% by bank
debt, already secured with a leading shipping lender, 10% by the early
redemption of the seller's credit associated with the 2006 sales and lease
back transactions and 20% by existing cash balances. The deal is expected
to close early June 2007.
In addition, the Company announced today that it has entered into an
agreement to terminate its bare-boat charter for the Handymax tanker
Invincible (DWT 47,084 built 1992), after sale of the vessel from its
Lessors to a third party. The deferred gain from the original sale of
approximately $2.4 million will be recognized in the second quarter of
Subject to the accounting treatment relating to the acquisition cost,
the Company expects the re-acquisition and the termination of the five
bare-boat contracts to have an accretive effect on both its cash flow from
operations and earnings per share.