MPC Container Ships ASA (“MPCC” or the “Company”) today announces that it has completed its acquisition of Songa Container AS (“Songa”) pursuant to the share purchase agreement to acquire 100% of the shares in Songa for a total value of USD 210.25 million on a debt and cash free basis, as entered into and announced on 22 June 2021.
The consideration is paid partly in cash and partly in new shares, and in total 49,795,250 new shares are being issued in relation to the transaction. The selling shareholders of Songa who are receiving consideration shares have entered into customary undertakings with MPCC pursuant to which the consideration shares are subject to lock-up of up to 3 months from completion of the acquisition.
Constantin Baack, Chief Executive Officer of MPC Container Ships commented: ”It is with great pleasure we announce the successful closing of this milestone transaction. Charter rates have continued to rise since the signing of the agreement, improving the risk-reward dynamics of the transaction even further. This transaction will have an immediate accretive impact on our earnings in a surging container market. Our growing fleet reinforces our industry leading position as an intra-regional trade tonnage provider. The visibility of strong cash generation for the years ahead combined with an extremely low residual value risk makes MPCC an attractive and unique investment opportunity during these exciting times in container shipping.”
Arne Blystad, Chairman of Songa Container AS commented: “We are excited to join forces with MPCC. The Company is perfectly positioned to generate super profits in the current strong container market and to consolidate this segment further. The present market parameters constitute one of the most attractive opportunities in container shipping in the last decades.”
The above information is subject to the disclosure requirements pursuant to section 5-12 of the Norwegian Securities Trading Act.