MONACO — (Marketwired) — 04/29/15 — Scorpio Tankers Inc. (NYSE: STNG) (the “Company”) announced today that it intends to offer, issue and sell to the public 15,000,000 shares of its common stock, par value $0.01 per share (the “Common Shares”), through an underwritten public offering (the “Offering”). Substantially all of the net proceeds of the Offering are expected to be used to fund a portion of the acquisition costs of additional modern product tankers, which may include three LR2 product tankers that the Company currently has options to purchase from an unaffiliated third party. Any net proceeds of the Offering not used for vessel acquisitions are expected to be used for general corporate purposes.
UBS Securities LLC is acting as sole book-running manager in the Offering, and Clarksons Platou Securities, Inc. is acting as Joint Lead Manager. Clarkson Capital Markets, LLC, Evercore Group L.L.C., Nomura Securities International, Inc. and Stifel are acting as Senior Co-Managers. The Company also intends to grant the underwriters a 30-day option to purchase up to 2,250,000 additional Common Shares.
The Common Shares trade on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol “STNG.”
This press release shall not constitute an offer to sell or the solicitation of an offer to buy these securities, nor shall there be any sale of these securities, in any state or other jurisdiction in which such offer, solicitation or sale would be unlawful prior to registration or qualification under the securities laws of any such state or other jurisdiction. This offering is being made only by means of a prospectus supplement and accompanying base prospectus. A prospectus supplement related to the offering will be filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) and will be available on the SEC’s website located at www.sec.gov. When available, copies of the prospectus supplement and the accompanying base prospectus relating to this offering may be obtained from UBS Securities LLC, as representative of the underwriters, at 1285 Avenue of the Americas, New York, NY 10019, Attn: Prospectus Department, or by calling (888) 827-7275, and from Clarksons Platou Securities, Inc., 410 Park Avenue, 7th Floor, Suite 710, New York, NY 10022, Attention: Raquel Lucas (or by e-mail at email@example.com).
About Scorpio Tankers Inc.
Scorpio Tankers Inc. is a provider of marine transportation of petroleum products worldwide. The Company currently owns 67 tankers (12 LR2 tankers, 15 Handymax tankers, and 40 MR tankers) with an average age of 0.9 years, time charters-in 21 product tankers (five LR2, five LR1, four MR and seven Handymax tankers), and has contracted for 11 newbuilding product tankers (five MR and six LR2), seven of which are expected to be delivered in the second quarter of 2015 and the remaining four vessels in 2016. 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.
Matters discussed in this press release may constitute forward-looking statements. The Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 provides safe harbor protections for forward-looking statements in order to encourage companies to provide prospective information about their business. Forward-looking statements include statements concerning plans, objectives, goals, strategies, future events or performance, and underlying assumptions and other statements, which are other than statements of historical facts. The Company desires to take advantage of the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 and is including this cautionary statement in connection with this safe harbor legislation. The words “believe,” “anticipate,” “intends,” “estimate,” “forecast,” “project,” “plan,” “potential,” “may,” “should,” “expect,” “pending” and similar expressions identify forward-looking statements.
The forward-looking statements in this press release include statements about the terms and conditions of the Offering, the anticipated use of proceeds and whether the Offering will become effective. These forward-looking statements 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 SEC for a more complete discussion of these and other risks and uncertainties.
Source: Scorpio Tankers Inc.