MPC Container Ships to Acquire Songa Container

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MPC Container Ships ASA (MPCC) introduced it has actually gotten to a bargain to obtain other Norwegian- based container delivering firm Songa Container WHEN IT COMES TO $210.25 million on a financial obligation as well as cash money cost-free basis. The deal is anticipated to be finished by the end of July 2021.

Upon closing, MPCC will certainly obtain Songa’s fleet of 11 container vessels, with a typical dimension of 2,250 TEU as well as a typical age of 11.9 years, developing a mixed fleet of 75 ships as well as an overall ability of about 158,000 TEU. Nine of the gotten ships are fitted with scrubbers while 3 are geared up with the highest possible ice-class.

Constantin Baack, MPC Container Ships CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER, claimed, “This transaction is backed by our strong belief in the sustainable container market fundamentals and the desire to take advantage of the significant lag between asset values and rates. The structure of the transaction creates an immediate and accretive impact to our earnings in a container market that continues to strengthen by the day.”

“This is a milestone transaction for MPCC and we are particularly excited about the cash flow prospects of the combined fleet which will come to the benefit of our existing and new shareholders in the coming years,” Baack claimed.

The Songa fleet has actually an approximated EBITDA stockpile of $22.5 million with a typical charter size of regarding 9 months. On a proforma basis MPCC presently anticipates profits for the mixed fleet in the series of $290-315 million as well as an EBITDA in the series of $170-180 million for FY 2021.

Based on the mixed charter profile as well as thinking charter revivals at around present market prices as well as durations, the MPCC fleet is placed to possibly produce an EBITDA of over $350 million for 2022, with $70-75 numerous this created by the Songa fleet. On the basis of the very same presumptions for 2023 EBITDA for this year might surpass $450 million with $80-90 million created by the Songa fleet.

It is concurred that about $115 numerous the acquisition rate (taking into consideration Songa’s cash money as well as internet capital) will certainly be resolved in cash money. This quantity consists of the refinancing of the arrearage. The continuing to be part will certainly be resolved using providing about 48-50 million brand-new shares in MPCC (based upon a financial reliable day of the Transaction of May 31, 2021 when a good understanding of the major regards to the Transaction was gotten to in between the celebrations as well as a closing rate of the MPCC share of NOK 17.34). Such factor to consider shares in MPCC will be of the very same course as MPCC’s average shares as well as will be noted on the Oslo Stock Exchange, as well as based on a normal lock-up contract for a duration of 3 months from conclusion of the Transaction.

In connection to the cash money factor to consider DNB Bank ASA has actually devoted to offer a $127.5 million procurement center with a two-year tone as well as reliable rates of interest of 500 bps plus Libor.

Arne Blystad, chairman of Songa Container, claimed, “The container market continues to be strong and MPCC has become a compelling reflection of the underlying container market fundamentals. We are happy to contribute to the consolidation in the container market and build a leader in the regional container segment. Prior to this transaction we were already a shareholder in MPCC and we will become a more significant one post this transaction.”

DNB Markets functioned as lead consultant for MPC Container Ships ASA as well as Songa Container AS on the Transaction while Clarksons Platou Securities AS as well as Fearnley Securities AS functioned as joint M&An experts to MPC Container Ships ASA. Advokatfirmaet Thommessen AS has actually functioned as lawful offer advise in regard of the Transaction.

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