Scorpio Tankers Secures $267 Mln Financing for New Vessels
In February 2013, Scorpio Tankers Inc. (Scorpio Tankers) exercised options with Hyundai Mipo Dockyard Co. Ltd. of South Korea (HMD) for the construction of four Handymax, ice class 1A product tankers (38,000 DWT) for approximately $31.3 million each.
These fuel efficient vessels will be delivered in the third quarter of 2014. In conjunction with these contracts, the Company received four new fixed price options for similar vessels which would be delivered in the first half of 2015.
In February 2013, the Company also reached an agreement with SPP Shipbuilding Co., Ltd. of South Korea (SPP) for the construction of four MR product tankers for approximately $32.5 million each, two of which are the exercise of options from a previous contract. These vessels will be delivered in the third and fourth quarters of 2014. In conjunction with these contracts, the Company received extensions on several previously agreed options and received four new fixed price options for similar vessels which would be delivered in 2015.
In January 2013, the Company reached an agreement with HMD for the construction of two MR product tankers for approximately $32.5 million each. These vessels will be delivered in May and June 2014.
The Company currently has a total of 20 product tanker newbuilding orders with HMD and SPP (16 MR and four Handymax). Two of the newbuildings are expected to be delivered to the Company by April 2013 and the remaining 18 by the end of 2014. The Company also has fixed-price options to construct a total of 14 additional newbuilding product tankers at these yards.
2013 Credit Facility
In February 2013, the Company signed a commitment letter for a $267.0 million credit facility (“2013 Credit Facility”) with Nordea Bank Finland plc, acting through its New York branch, ABN AMRO Bank N.V and Skandinaviska Enskilda Banken AB.
The 2013 Credit Facility, which will be split into a term loan and a revolving loan, will be used to finance up to 60% of the purchase price of vessels, including newbuildings upon delivery. The credit facility matures six years after the loan is signed. The covenants and other conditions are similar to the Company’s existing credit facilities.
Delivery of STI Sapphire
The Company took delivery of the sixth vessel under its Newbuilding program, STI Sapphire, in January 2013. Upon delivery, the vessel began a time charter for up to 80 days at $20,750 per day. The vessel was partially financed by the Company’s 2011 Credit Facility.
Press Release, February 26, 2013