SOURCE: Navig8 Chemical Tankers Inc.

Navig8 Chemical Tankers Inc.

April 07, 2016 10:22 ET

Navig8 Chemical Tankers Inc. Enters Into Sale and Leaseback Agreements With Bank of Communications Financial Leasing Co. Ltd for Four 49,000 DWT Product Oil/Chemical Tankers

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LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM--(Marketwired - Apr 7, 2016) - Navig8 Chemical Tankers Inc. (the "Company") (N-OTC: EIGHT), an international shipping company focused on the transportation of chemicals, today announced that it has entered into sale and leaseback agreements with Bank of Communications Financial Leasing Co. Ltd ("BCFL") for four IMO2 49,000 DWT Interline coated medium range tankers being built at STX Offshore & Shipbuilding Co., Ltd, Korea ("STX"). The four vessels from STX (together, the "STX Vessels") have contractual delivery dates ranging from end March 2017 to end June 2017.

Under the sale and leaseback agreements, BCFL will provide funding for pre-delivery as well as the delivery instalments for the STX Vessels. The net proceeds from the transaction (after a 12% sellers' credit) will be USD 140,025,600.

The STX Vessels will be delivered to BCFL on their respective deliveries from STX. The Company has entered into 10-year bareboat charters for the STX Vessels, commencing upon their respective deliveries. The Company has purchase options to re-acquire the STX Vessels during the charter period, with the first such option exercisable on the fourth anniversary of each STX Vessel delivery. 

About Navig8 Chemical Tankers Inc.

Navig8 Chemical Tankers Inc. was established in 2013 as a joint venture between the Navig8 Group and Oaktree Capital Management to capitalize on significant structural changes in the petrochemical industry and the continuing development of long-haul chemical trades. Its best-in-class newbuilding fleet is comprised exclusively of large, fuel-efficient vessels with modern eco-designs to take greatest advantage of these shifts. The fully delivered fleet will feature a complementary mix of primarily Interline-coated and stainless steel vessels that are capable of servicing the full range of conventional and specialized chemicals cargoes.

The Company has taken delivery of 20 chemical carriers to date and anticipates delivery of its full 37-vessel fleet by mid-2017. The Company's fleet is contracted to operate in various chemical tanker pools managed by the Navig8 Group, the world's largest independent pool and commercial management company.

Navig8 Chemical Tankers is listed on the Norwegian OTC market under the symbol CHEMS.

Visit our website at www.navig8chemicaltankers.com 

Forward-Looking Statements and Distribution

This press release contains forward looking statements. These statements are based upon various assumptions, many of which are based, in turn, upon further assumptions, including Navig8 Chemical Tankers management's examination of historical operating trends. Although the Company believes that these assumptions were reasonable when made, because assumptions are inherently subject to significant uncertainties and contingencies which are difficult or impossible to predict and are beyond its control, Navig8 Chemical Tankers cannot give assurance that it will achieve or accomplish these expectations, beliefs or intentions.

Important factors that, in the Company's view, could cause actual results to differ materially from those discussed in this press release include the strength of world economies and currencies, general market conditions including fluctuations in charter hire rates and vessel values, changes in demand in the chemicals market as a result of changes in OPEC's petroleum production levels and worldwide oil consumption and storage, changes in the Company's operating expenses including bunker prices, dry-docking and insurance costs, 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, and other important factors described from time to time in the reports filed by the Company with the United States Securities and Exchange Commission.

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Contact Information

  • For Further Information, Please Contact:
    Nicolas Busch
    Chief Executive Officer
    + 44 207 467 5888

    Rose & Company:
    +1 212 359 2228
    navig8chems@rosecoglobal.com