Seanergy Announces New Time Charter Agreement
and New Financing Agreement of $30.9 million
July 14, 2021 - Glyfada, Greece - Seanergy Maritime Holdings Corp. (the “Company” or “Seanergy”) (NASDAQ: SHIP) reported today that, taking advantage of the current strong market conditions, it has fixed one more of its Capesize vessels, the M/V Worldship, under a fixed-rate time charter (“T/C”) with a world-leading U.S. commodity trading company, which is already amongst the Company’s charterers.
Moreover, Seanergy successfully concluded the financing of two of its new acquisitions, the 2012-built Capesize M/V Hellasship and the 2010-built M/V Patriotship (the “Vessels”) through a sale and leaseback agreement with a major Chinese financial institution.
Time Charter Agreement for M/V Worldship
The M/V Worldship has been fixed on a T/C with a world-leading U.S. commodity trading company, at a gross daily rate of $31,750 for a period of about 12-16 months. The T/C is expected to commence immediately upon the M/V Worldship’s upcoming delivery, which is anticipated within August 2021.
Financing of the M/V Hellasship and the M/V Patriotship
The Vessels were sold and chartered back on a bareboat basis for a five-year period and the combined financing amount is $30.9 million and the applicable interest rate is LIBOR + 3.50%. Following the second anniversary of the bareboat charter, the Company has continuous options to repurchase the Vessels while at the end of the 5-year bareboat period, it has the option to repurchase the two vessels for $15.3 million in total.
Stamatis Tsantanis, the Company’s Chairman & Chief Executive Officer, stated:
“I am very pleased to announce these important transactions for our Company. The debt financings we have secured so far for our recent vessel acquisitions are competitively priced and conservatively structured, resulting in low break-even rates that enhance our significant free cash-flow generating capacity.
On the chartering front, we are taking advantage of the current strong rate environment to increase exposure to fixed-rate T/Cs. The M/V Worldship is the second vessel that will be deployed in a T/C with duration longer than 12 months and at a fixed rate exceeding $30,000/ day. The repeat business with our existing charterers affirms the operating and commercial excellence of our Capesize fleet. Following the delivery of the M/V Worldship to her charterer, 93% percent of our fleet will be employed under medium to long-term time charters.
The consistent implementation of our strategy through 2021 is delivering significant value to the Company. We continue to explore partnerships and opportunities to further increase value for our shareholders.”
Company fleet on a fully delivered basis and following the sale of the M/V Leadership:
|Vessel Name||Vessel Size Class||Capacity (DWT)||Year Built||Yard||Scrubber Fitted||Employment Type|
|Partnership||Capesize||179,213||2012||Hyundai||Yes||T/C Index Linked|
|Championship||Capesize||179,238||2011||Sungdong||Yes||T/C Index Linked|
|Lordship||Capesize||178,838||2010||Hyundai||Yes||T/C Index Linked|
|Premiership||Capesize||170,024||2010||Sungdong||Yes||T/C Index Linked|
|Squireship||Capesize||170,018||2010||Sungdong||Yes||T/C Index Linked|
|Knightship||Capesize||178,978||2010||Hyundai||Yes||T/C Index Linked|
|Gloriuship||Capesize||171,314||2004||Hyundai||No||T/C Index Linked|
|Fellowship||Capesize||179,701||2010||Daewoo||No||T/C Index Linked|
|Geniuship||Capesize||170,058||2010||Sungdong||No||T/C Index Linked|
|Hellasship||Capesize||181,325||2012||Imabari||No||T/C Index Linked|
|Flagship||Capesize||176,387||2013||Mitsui Engineering||No||T/C Index Linked|
|Patriotship||Capesize||181,709||2010||Saijo - Imabari||Yes||T/C Fixed Rate -$31,000/day|
|Tradership||Capesize||176,925||2006||Namura Shipbuilding||No||T/C Index Linked|
|Worldship *||Capesize||181,415||2012||Japanese Shipyard||Yes||T/C Fixed Rate -$31,750/day|
|Friendship **||Capesize||176,952||2009||Japanese Shipyard||No||N/A|
|Total / Average age||2,829,631||11.4|
* Delivery expected within August 2021
** Delivery expected within July 2021
About Seanergy Maritime Holdings Corp.
Seanergy Maritime Holdings Corp. is the only pure-play Capesize ship-owner publicly listed in the US. Seanergy provides marine dry bulk transportation services through a modern fleet of Capesize vessels. On a fully-delivered basis, the Company's operating fleet will consist of 16 Capesize vessels with an average age of 11.4 years and aggregate cargo carrying capacity of approximately 2,829,631 dwt.
The Company is incorporated in the Marshall Islands and has executive offices in Glyfada, Greece. The Company's common shares trade on the Nasdaq Capital Market under the symbol “SHIP”, its Class A warrants under “SHIPW” and its Class B warrants under “SHIPZ”.
Please visit our company website at: www.seanergymaritime.com.
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