MONACO--(Marketwire - Feb 25, 2013) - Scorpio Tankers Inc. (NYSE: STNG) (the "Company" or "Scorpio Tankers") announced today that it has 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 will be split into a term loan and a revolving loan and 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. Borrowings under the credit facility are available until January 31, 2015. The covenants and other conditions are similar to the Company's existing credit facilities.
Emanuele Lauro, chief executive officer and chairman of the board, commented, "We thank our lenders for their continued support of our company. This loan will finance a significant number of our vessels on order and will enable us to continue our growth strategy."
About Scorpio Tankers Inc.
Scorpio Tankers Inc. is a provider of marine transportation of petroleum products worldwide. Scorpio Tankers Inc. currently owns 13 tankers (one LR2 tanker, four LR1 tankers, one Handymax tanker, six MR tankers, and one post-Panamax tanker) with an average age of 4.6 years, time charters-in 19 product tankers (three LR2, three LR1, nine MR and five Handymax tankers), and has contracted for 20 newbuilding product tankers (16 MR and four Handymax vessels), two of which are expected to be delivered to the Company by April 2013 and the remaining 18 by the end of 2014. Additional information about the Company is available at the Company's website www.scorpiotankers.com, which is not a part of this press release.
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In addition to these important factors, other important factors that, in our view, could cause actual results to differ materially from those discussed in the forward-looking statements include the failure of counterparties to fully perform their contracts with us, the strength of world economies and currencies, general market conditions, including fluctuations in charter rates and vessel values, changes in demand for tanker vessel capacity, changes in our operating expenses, including bunker prices, drydocking and insurance costs, the market for our vessels, availability of financing and refinancing, charter counterparty performance, ability to obtain financing and comply with covenants in such financing arrangements, 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, vessels breakdowns and instances of off-hires and other factors. Please see our filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission for a more complete discussion of these and other risks and uncertainties.