MPC Container Ships ASA ("MPCC" or the "Company") has retained DNB Markets, a part of DNB Bank ASA and Fearnley Securities AS as joint lead managers and bookrunners (the "Joint Bookrunners"), and Arctic Securities AS as co-manager (together with the Joint Bookrunners, the "Managers") to assist the Company with a private placement of up to 7,250,000 new shares with gross proceeds of a NOK equivalent of USD 40 – 50 million (the "Private Placement"). The Private Placement will be directed towards Norwegian and international investors, in each case subject to and in compliance with applicable exemptions from relevant prospectus, filing and registration requirements
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MPCC - Contemplated private placement
MPC Container Ships ASA ("MPCC" or the "Company") has retained DNB Markets, a part of DNB Bank ASA and Fearnley Securities AS as joint lead managers and bookrunners (the "Joint Bookrunners"), and Arctic Securities AS as co-manager (together with the Joint Bookrunners, the "Managers") to assist the Company with a private placement of up to 7,250,000 new shares with gross proceeds of a NOK equivalent of USD 40 – 50 million (the "Private Placement"). The Private Placement will be directed towards Norwegian and international investors, in each case subject to and in compliance with applicable exemptions from relevant prospectus, filing and registration requirements.
The subscription price will be fixed at NOK 54 per share and the Company has been informed by the Managers that the Private Placement is covered for at least USD 40 million.
The net proceeds from the Private Placement will be used for (i) the acquisition of container vessels; (ii) working capital; and (iii) general corporate purposes. The Company is in the final stages of concluding several vessel acquisitions to be concluded at attractive prices.
The application period for the Private Placement will commence today, 12 June 2018 at 17:00 CEST and close on 13 June 2018 at 08:00 CEST (the "Application Period"). The Company may, together with the Managers, at their own discretion, extend or shorten the Application Period at any time and for any reason. The minimum order in the Private Placement has been set to the number of shares that equals an aggregate purchase price of the NOK equivalent of EUR 100,000. The Company may, at its sole discretion, allocate an amount below EUR 100,000 to the extent applicable exemptions from the prospectus requirement pursuant to applicable regulations, including the Norwegian Securities Trading Act and ancillary regulations, are available.
The allocation of new shares in the Private Placement will be made at the discretion of the Company's Board of Directors in consultation with the Joint Bookrunners. Completion of the Private Placement is subject to approval by the Board of Directors of the Company following the end of the Application Period. In connection with the Private Placement, the Board of Directors of the Company has resolved to set aside the pre-emptive rights of the existing shareholders. The Board of Directors considers this to be in the best interests of the Company and the shareholders since it will allow the Company to raise capital more efficiently than a rights offering would allow.
The new shares will be delivered as soon as practically possible after the registration of the share capital increase in the Norwegian Register of Business Enterprises, expected on or about 18 June 2018. The new shares issued in the Private Placement will be made available for trading on Oslo Børs under the Company's existing ISIN upon delivery.
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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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The securities referred to in this announcement have not been and will not be registered under the U.S. Securities Act of 1933, as amended (the "Securities Act"), or any securities laws of any state or other jurisdiction of the United States and may not be offered or sold within the United States except pursuant to an exemption from, or in a transaction not subject to, the registration requirements of the Securities Act and in compliance with applicable state law. There will be no public offer of the securities in the United States.
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This announcement is an advertisement and does not constitute a prospectus for the purposes of Directive 2003/71/EC (as amended, together with any applicable implementing measures in any Member State, the "Prospectus Directive"). In any EEA Member State that has implemented the Prospectus Directive, this communication is only addressed to and is only directed at qualified investors in that Member State within the meaning of the Prospectus Directive. Matters discussed in this announcement may constitute forward- looking statements. Forward-looking statements are statements that are not historical facts and may be identified by words such as "believe", "expect", "anticipate", "strategy", "intends", "estimate", "will", "may", "continue", "should" and similar expressions. The forward-looking statements in this release are based upon various assumptions, many of which are based, in turn, upon further assumptions. Although the Company believes that these assumptions were reasonable when made, these assumptions are inherently subject to significant known and unknown risks, uncertainties, contingencies and other important factors which are difficult or impossible to predict and are beyond its control. Such risks, uncertainties, contingencies and other important factors could cause actual events to differ materially from the expectations expressed or implied in this release by such forward-looking statements.
The information, opinions and forward-looking statements contained in this announcement speak only as at its date, and are subject to change without notice. The Company does not undertake any obligation to review, update, confirm, or to release publicly any revisions to any forward-looking statements to reflect events that occur or circumstances that arise in relation to the content of this announcement.
The Managers are acting exclusively for the Company and no one else in connection with the Private Placement and assume no responsibility for this announcement. Neither the Managers or any of their respective directors, officers, employees, advisers or agents accepts any responsibility or liability whatsoever for/or makes any representation or warranty, express or implied, as to the truth, accuracy or completeness of the information in this announcement (or whether any information has been omitted from the announcement) or any other information relating to the Company, its subsidiaries or associated companies, whether written, oral or in a visual or electronic form, and howsoever transmitted or made available or for any loss howsoever arising from any use of announcement or its contents or otherwise arising in connection therewith.
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