MONACO — (Marketwired) — 03/19/15 — Scorpio Tankers Inc. (NYSE: STNG) (the “Company”) announced today that it has received commitments from two leading European financial institutions for two separate loan facilities of up to $113.2 million in aggregate to partially finance the purchase of four LR2 product tankers that was announced in December 2014.
$52.0 Million Loan Facility
The loan facility will be used to finance a portion of the purchase price of two LR2 product tankers currently under construction at Daehan Shipbuilding Co., Ltd. with expected deliveries in Q1 2016 and Q2 2016 respectively. The loan facility has a final maturity of seven years from the date of signing and bears interest at LIBOR plus a margin of 1.95% per annum. The loan facility is subject to customary conditions precedent and the execution of definitive documentation.
$61.2 Million Loan Facility
The loan facility will be used to finance a portion of the purchase price of two LR2 product tankers currently under construction at Sungdong Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering Co., Ltd. with expected deliveries in Q2 2016 and Q3 2016 respectively. The loan facility has a final maturity of five years from the date of delivery of each vessel and bears interest at LIBOR plus a margin ranging between 1.95% and 2.40% per annum (depending on the advance ratio). The loan facility is subject to customary conditions precedent and the execution of definitive documentation.
About Scorpio Tankers Inc.
Scorpio Tankers Inc. is a provider of marine transportation of petroleum products worldwide. Scorpio Tankers Inc. currently owns 65 tankers (ten LR2 tankers, two LR1 tankers, 15 Handymax tankers, and 38 MR tankers) with an average age of 1.1 years, time charters-in 21 product tankers (six LR2, five LR1, three MR and seven Handymax tankers), and has contracted for 15 newbuilding product tankers (seven MR and eight LR2), two of which are expected to be delivered in the first quarter of 2015, nine of which are expected to be delivered in the second quarter of 2015 and the remaining four vessels throughout 2016. The Company has also reached agreements to sell two of its older LR1 vessels. The Company also owns approximately 16% 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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The forward-looking statements in this press release are based upon various assumptions, many of which are based, in turn, upon further assumptions, including without limitation, our management’s examination of historical operating trends, data contained in our records and other data available from third parties. Although we believe that these assumptions were reasonable when made, because these assumptions are inherently subject to significant uncertainties and contingencies which are difficult or impossible to predict and are beyond our control, we cannot assure you that we will achieve or accomplish these expectations, beliefs or projections.
In addition to these important factors, other important factors that, in our view, could cause actual results to differ materially from those discussed in the forward-looking statements include the failure of counterparties to fully perform their contracts with us, the strength of world economies and currencies, general market conditions, including fluctuations in charter rates and vessel values, changes in demand for tanker vessel capacity, changes in our operating expenses, including bunker prices, drydocking and insurance costs, the market for our vessels, availability of financing and refinancing, charter counterparty performance, ability to obtain financing and comply with covenants in such financing arrangements, changes in governmental rules and regulations or actions taken by regulatory authorities, potential liability from pending or future litigation, general domestic and international political conditions, potential disruption of shipping routes due to accidents or political events, vessels breakdowns and instances of off-hires and other factors. Please see our filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission for a more complete discussion of these and other risks and uncertainties.
Source: Scorpio Tankers Inc.