D’Amico Shipping announces its first Japanese operating lease transaction

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d’Amico International Shipping has announced that its operating subsidiary d’Amico Tankers D.A.C. (Ireland) has signed a memorandum of agreement and bareboat charter contract for the sale and leaseback of the Cielo di Houston, a 75,000dwt LR1 product tanker vessel, currently under construction at Hyundai-Mipo, South Korea and expected to be delivered in January 2019. The vessel was sold for a consideration of $38.6 million.

This transaction allows d’Amico Tankers to generate, at the vessel’s delivery, around $10.2 million in cash, net of commissions and additional costs, relative to financing the vessel though the previously committed loan facility, contributing to the liquidity required to complete DIS’ fleet renewal program and allowing the company to benefit from the anticipated market recovery.

In addition, through this transaction d’Amico Tankers will maintain full control of the vessel, since a 10.2-year bareboat charter agreement was also concluded with the buyer. Furthermore, d’Amico Tankers has the option to repurchase the vessel, after approximately five years and after approximately seven years of the charter period, at a competitive cost of funds.

As of today, DIS’ fleet comprises 48.5 double-hulled product tankers (MR, Handysize and LR1) with an average age of about 6.9 years (of which 24 owned, 17.5 chartered-in and 7 bareboat chartered. DIS has also four vessels in commercial management). Currently, d’Amico Tankers has also shipbuilding contracts with Hyundai Mipo Dockyard, for the construction of 2 LR1s (Long Range) product tankers expected to be delivered in Q1 2019.

Paolo d’Amico, Chairman of d’Amico International Shipping, stated: “I am glad to announce the conclusion of this transaction with a large Japanese financial institution, which will generate net cash proceeds of approximately $10.2 million for DIS, relative to financing the vessel through the previously committed bank loan. This is our first JOLCO (Japanese Operating Lease with Call Option) transaction; it is a pioneering deal for a non-Japanese ship-owner, providing us with a new source of capital with enhanced economics relative to conventional Japanese sale-leasebacks.”