ATHENS, GREECE, May 9, 2016. STEALTHGAS INC. (NASDAQ: GASS), a ship-owning company primarily serving the liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) sector of the international shipping industry, announced today the receipt of commitment letters for two senior secured credit facilities to fund the four 22,000 cbm semi-ref vessels scheduled to be delivered in 2017.
These facilities, which combined amount to about $140 million, will cover approximately 65% of the vessels’ contract prices, or up to 70% of the contract prices based on the employment status of the vessels upon drawdown. The credit facilities, which remain subject to definitive documentation, will each consist of two tranches, having maturities of eight years after delivery of the respective vessels. With these credit commitments, the Company now has a fully funded orderbook.
MICHAEL JOLLIFFE, CHAIRMAN of StealthGas, commented:
We are very pleased to announce the commitment of these credit facilities which were selected by our Company after careful examination of several loan offers from various lenders. We are confident that we chose the most competitive ones despite tight credit market conditions and therefore secured the financing of our remaining orderbook in the most efficient way. Now with a fully funded orderbook, our focus is to continue with the successful delivery of our remaining eco newbuidlings so as to maximize returns for our investors.
About STEALTHGAS INC.
StealthGas Inc. is a ship-owning company primarily serving the liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) sector of the international shipping industry. StealthGas Inc. currently has a fleet of 49 LPG carriers, excluding the two chartered in vessels, with a total capacity of 239,187 cubic meters (cbm), three M.R. product tankers and one Aframax oil tanker with a total capacity of 255,804 deadweight tons (dwt). The Company has agreed to acquire a further 5 LPG carriers with expected deliveries ranging from the remaining of 2016 to 2017. Giving effect to the delivery of these acquisitions, StealthGas Inc.’s fleet will be composed of 54 owned LPG carriers with a total capacity of 334,387 cubic meters (cbm). StealthGas Inc.’s shares are listed on the NASDAQ Global Select Market and trade under the symbol “GASS”.
Matters discussed in this release may constitute forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements reflect our current views with respect to future events and financial performance and may include statements concerning plans, objectives, goals, strategies, future events or performance, and underlying assumptions and other statements, which are other than statements of historical facts. The forward-looking statements in this release are based upon various assumptions, many of which are based, in turn, upon further assumptions, including without limitation, management’s examination of historical operating trends, data contained in our records and other data available from third parties. Although STEALTHGAS INC. believes that these assumptions were reasonable when made, because these assumptions are inherently subject to significant uncertainties and contingencies which are difficult or impossible to predict and are beyond our control, STEALTHGAS INC. cannot assure you that it will achieve or accomplish these expectations, beliefs or projections. Important factors that, in our view, could cause actual results to differ materially from those discussed in the forward-looking statements include the strength of world economies and currencies, general market conditions, including changes in charter hire rates and vessel values, charter counterparty performance, changes in demand that may affect attitudes of time charterers to scheduled and unscheduled dry dockings, shipyard performance, changes in STEALTHGAS INC’s operating expenses, including bunker prices, dry-docking and insurance costs, ability to obtain financing and comply with covenants in our financing arrangements, or actions taken by regulatory authorities, potential liability from pending or future litigation, domestic and international political conditions, potential disruption of shipping routes due to accidents and political events or acts by terrorists.
Risks and uncertainties are further described in reports filed by STEALTHGAS INC. with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.
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