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Oslo, 13 July 2020 – Reference is made to the stock exchange announcement by MPC Container Ships ASA ("MPCC" or the "Company") on 10 July 2020 regarding completion of a private placement of 260,000,000 new shares, raising gross proceeds of NOK 260 million, and a subsequent repair offering of up to 35,000,000 new shares at a subscription price of NOK 1.00.
An extraordinary general meeting in the Company was held today, on 13 July 2020. The general meeting approved all items on the agenda, including the private placement of new shares and grant of authorisation for the Board of Directors to carry out the subsequent offering. The general meeting's resolutions were in accordance with the proposals by the Board of Directors with such adjustments as required in respect of the private placement of 260,000,000 new shares.
CEO Constantin Baack comments in relation to the announcement: "Today’s general meeting represents an essential final step in the company’s recapitalisation process. In the midst of a very challenging environment for the container shipping industry, our employees and business partners have demonstrated a commendable dedication towards MPC Container Ships. Moreover, the company has benefitted from strong support from shareholders and bondholders in a difficult and unpredictable market. For this, we are grateful.
With the general meeting having resolved the capital increase, MPC Container Ships will be able to fortify the intricate recapitalisation efforts in two if its financial silos most affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. By adhering to sound corporate governance principles and offering all shareholders the opportunity to participate in the private placement or subsequent repair offering, the company has been granted the liquidity runway needed to protect the values of all stakeholders and pave the way for a post-COVID recovery."
Please see the minutes of the extraordinary general meeting for more information about the general meeting's resolutions. The minutes of the extraordinary general meeting are attached to this announcement and are also available on the Company's website, www.mpc-container.com, under "Investor Relations".
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About MPC Container Ships ASA:
MPC Container Ships ASA (ticker code "MPCC") was formed in April 2017. Its main activity is to own and operate a portfolio of container ships with a focus on the feeder segment between 1,000 and 3,000 TEU. The Company is registered and has its business office in Oslo, Norway. For more information, please see our webpage: www.mpc-container.com.
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