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BW Pacific Limited Announces Intention to Conduct an Initial Public Offering
Singapore, 19 October 2015
BW Pacific Limited("BW Pacific" or the "Company") hereby announces its intention to conduct an initial public offering (“IPO”) and listing of its common shares on the Oslo Stock Exchange. Subject to receiving the relevant approvals from the Oslo Stock Exchange and favourable equity capital market conditions, the IPO is expected to be launched during the fourth quarter of 2015. Pre-marketing of the IPO is expected to commence in October 2015.
BW Pacific is a Singapore-based product tanker company, controlled by the BW Group. The BW Group has more than 80 years of proven track-record in multiple shipping segments and has over the last year made significant investments into building a leading product tanker platform. BW Pacific currently owns an existing fleet of 33 vessels, comprising 17 owned LR1s and 16 owned MRs, and a newbuilding fleet of 12 vessels of which six are LR1s and six are MRs. Four of the MR newbuildings are expected to be delivered in 2015, and the remaining newbuildings are expected to be delivered in 2016 and 2017.
The purpose of the IPO is to finance the Company’s newbuilding program, as well as to position the Company for further growth by gaining access to the capital markets. A public listing would also allow the Company to use its shares as transaction currency in future acquisitions and to take part in market consolidation. The BW Group had in the past successfully invited investors to participate in developing its subsidiaries or portfolio companies, and see an IPO on the Oslo Stock Exchange as a natural next step in developing BW Pacific into a leading product tanker company.
As of Q2 2015 the Company had total assets of USD 1.2 billion and book equity of USD 522 million. The gross value of the fleet (including newbuildings) based on the average of valuations provided by two reputable shipbrokers as per end of Q3 2015 was USD 1.6 billion.
DNB Markets has been retained as Global Coordinator and Joint Bookrunner for the IPO. Pareto Securities has been retained as a Joint Bookrunner and Skandinaviska Enskilda Banken as a Co-Manager for the IPO.
Further announcements relating to the IPO will be made in due course.
For further information, please contact:
Lisa Lim – Corporate Communications
Tel: +65 6434 5871
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