ATHENS, GREECE â April 30, 2013 â StealthGas Inc. (the âCompanyâ) (NASDAQ: GASS) announced today the closing of its previously announced public offering of 10,000,000 shares of common stock.Â In addition, the underwriters exercised their option to purchase an additional 1,500,000 shares of common stock in full, bringing the total number of shares sold in the offering to 11,500,000 shares. In each case, the shares were sold at a public offering price of $10.00 per share.Â The total gross proceeds from the offering before the underwriting discount and other offering expenses are $115,000,000.Â An entity controlled by the family of the Companyâs President and Chief Executive Officer has agreed to purchase 575,000 of the shares sold in the offering.The Company intends to use a portion of the net proceeds of the offering to partially fund the acquisition of five vessels, including three secondhand LPG carriers and two newbuilding LPG carriers, which are scheduled for delivery in May 2013 in the case of the three secondhand LPG carriers, and during the first half of 2014 in the case of the two newbuilding LPG carriers.Â The Company intends to use the remaining net proceeds of the offering for capital expenditures, including vessel acquisitions, and for other general corporate purposes.
Wells Fargo Securities and Deutsche Bank Securities acted as joint book-running managers, and Global Hunter Securities, Clarkson Capital Markets and Evercore Partners acted as co-managers for the offering, which was made under an effective shelf registration statement.
This press release shall not constitute an offer to sell, or the solicitation of an offer to buy, nor shall there be any sale of these securities in any jurisdiction in which such offer, solicitation, or sale would be unlawful prior to registration or qualification under the securities laws of any such jurisdiction.
About StealthGas Inc.
Headquartered in Athens, Greece, StealthGas Inc. is a ship-owning company primarily serving the liquefied petroleum gas (âLPGâ) sector of the international shipping industry. StealthGas Inc. currently has a fleet of 33 LPG carriers with a total capacity of 161,822 cubic meters, three medium range product tankers and one Aframax oil tanker with a total capacity of 255,804 deadweight tons. The Company has agreed to acquire nine LPG carriers, with expected deliveries in 2013, 2014 and 2015. Once the acquisition of the nine LPG carriers is completed and the vessels are delivered, StealthGas Inc.âs LPG carrier fleet will be composed of 42 LPG carriers with a total capacity of 211,222 cubic meters. StealthGas Inc.âs shares are listed on the NASDAQ Global Select Market and trade under the symbol âGASS.â
This press release contains âforward-looking statements.â In some cases, you can identify these statements by forward-looking words such as âbelieve,â âintend,â âanticipate,â âestimate,â âproject,â âforecast,â âplan,â âpotential,â âmay,â âshould,â âcouldâ and âexpectâ and similar expressions. These statements are not historical facts but instead represent only the Companyâs belief regarding future results, many of which, by their nature, are inherently uncertain and outside of the Company's control. It is possible that actual results may differ, possibly materially, from those anticipated in these forward-looking statements. For a discussion of some of the risks and important factors that could affect future results, see the discussion in the Companyâs Annual Report on Form 20-F (File No. 001-51559) under the caption âRisk Factors.â
Chief Financial Officer