Scorpio Tankers Announces Update of Transactions; Expects $14M Writedown; 4 MR Product Tankers Bought at $154.4M; Issued 3.5M Shares, $4.4M in Cash
Scorpio Tankers (NYSE: STNG) today announced that it will recognize a net gain from sales and write downs of approximately $14.0 million due to the gain on the previously announced VLGC transaction and the write down of some of the older vessels in the fleet as the Company has designated these vessels as "Held for sale." The Company also announced that it has closed on the previously announced acquisition of four MR product tankers currently under construction in South Korea.
The purchase price of the four MR product tankers, in aggregate, was approximately $154.4 million. In connection with the sale, the Company issued 3,523,271 common shares (or approximately 26% of the purchase price) and $4.4 million in cash in exchange for the four vessels. The remaining purchase price will be paid to the shipyard from cash-on-hand and bank debt. One vessel is expected to be delivered in the third quarter of 2014, and the remaining three are expected to be delivered in the first quarter of 2015. These vessels are similar to the Company's newbuildings that are also under construction at the same shipyard.
Emanuele Lauro, Chairman and CEO of Scorpio Tankers, commented: "The reclassification of some of our older vessels further emphasizes our commitment to our modern fuel efficient fleet."
Mr. Lauro concluded, "While the fourth quarter of 2013 started out weak in all tanker sectors, we have started to see improving rates in the product tanker market in the last few weeks. Unfortunately, the majority of the benefits from the improving market will not be realized until January 2014."
About Scorpio Tankers Inc.
Scorpio Tankers Inc. is a provider of marine transportation of petroleum products worldwide. Scorpio Tankers Inc. currently owns 19 tankers (one LR2 tanker, four LR1 tankers, one Handymax tanker, 12 MR tankers, and one post-Panamax tanker) with an average age of 4.3 years, time charters-in 29 product tankers (eight LR2, four LR1, eight MR and nine Handymax tankers), and has contracted for 65 newbuilding vessels (32 MR, 12 LR2, and 14 Handymax ice class-1A product tankers and seven VLCCs), 45 are expected to be delivered to the C ompany in 2014, 16 in 2015 and four in 2016. The Company also owns 30% of Dorian LPG Ltd. Additional information about the Company is available at the Company's website www.scorpiotankers.com, which is not a part of this press release.
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