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Oslo, 21 August 2020 – Reference is made to the stock exchange announcements by MPC Container Ships ASA (the "Company") on 6 August 2020 and 20 August 2020, respectively, regarding the subsequent offering of 35,000,000 new shares (the "Offer Shares"), each with a par value of NOK 1.00, at a subscription price of NOK 1.00 per share (the "Subsequent Offering").
The subscription period in the Subsequent Offering expired at 16:30 hours (CEST) on 20 August 2020, and the final results show that the Company has received valid subscriptions for a total of 35,000,000 Offer Shares. Hence, 35,000,000 Offer Shares will be issued in the Subsequent Offering.
The allocation of Offer Shares in the Subsequent Offering has today been completed based on the allocation criteria set out in the Company's prospectus dated 4 August 2020 (the "Prospectus"). Notifications of allocated Offer Shares in the Subsequent Offering and the corresponding amount to be paid by each subscriber will be set out in a separate letter to each subscriber. The allocation letters are expected to be sent during the course of today, on 21 August 2020. The deadline for payment for the Offer Shares is 24 August 2020, in accordance with the payment instructions set out in the Prospectus and application form.
The Subsequent Offering was fully underwritten by STAR Spike Limited ("STAR"), CSI Beteiligungsgesellschaft mbH and associated parties ("CSI"), and Pilgrim Global ICAV ("Pilgrim", and jointly with STAR and CSI, the "Underwriters") pursuant to the underwriting agreement dated 29 July 2020. The Underwriters are entitled to an underwriting commission of 4% of the respective Underwriter's underwriting commitment. The underwriting commission shall be settled by the issuance of 1,400,000 new shares (the "Second Underwriting Commission Shares") with a nominal value of NOK 1.00, issued at a subscription price of NOK 1.00 per share.
STAR will receive 686,000 Second Underwriting Commission Shares and will hold 91,601,254 shares in the Company, which represents 23.23% of the Company's shares and voting rights. CSI will receive 462,000 Second Underwriting Commission Shares and will hold 50,107,410 shares in the Company, which represents 12.71% of the Company's shares and voting rights. Pilgrim will receive 252,000 Second Underwriting Commission Shares and will hold 19,905,419 shares in the Company, which represents 5.05% of the Company's shares and voting rights.
The Offer Shares and the Second Underwriting Commission Shares may not be transferred or traded until they are fully paid and the share capital increase pertaining to the Subsequent Offering and the Second Underwriting Commission Shares have been registered with the Norwegian Register of Business Enterprises. The share capital increase regarding the Subsequent Offering is expected to be registered on or about 31 August 2020, subject to timely payment of the Offer Shares. The Offer Shares are expected to be delivered to the subscribers' respective VPS accounts and be listed and tradable on the Oslo Stock Exchange on or about 31 August 2020.
Following the issuance of the Offer Shares and the Second Underwriting Commission Shares, the Company's share capital will be NOK 394,256,127 divided into 394,256,127 shares, each with a par value of NOK 1.00.
The following primary insiders or close associates of primary insiders have been allocated Offer Shares in the Subsequent Offering at a subscription price of NOK 1.00 per share:
Senior Vice President Tobias Junge has been allocated 23,698 Offer Shares in the Subsequent Offering. Following completion of the Subsequent Offering, Tobias Junge will hold 26,448 shares in the Company, which represents 0.01% of the Company's shares and voting rights.
Primary insiders in the Company who have subscribed for Offer Shares in the Subsequent Offering through nominee custodians will issue separate notifications of allocation of Offer Shares once such allocations have been made known to them.
DNB Markets, a part of DNB Bank ASA, and Pareto Securities AS are engaged as managers and joint bookrunners in the Private Placement and the Subsequent Offering. Advokatfirmaet Thommessen AS is acting as legal counsel to the Company in connection with the Private Placement. Wikborg Rein Advokatfirma AS is acting as legal advisor to the Managers in connection with the Private Placement and the Subsequent Offering.
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This information is subject to the disclosure requirements pursuant to section 5-12 of the Norwegian Securities Trading Act.
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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