ATHENS, GREECE -- (Marketwired) -- 04/01/15 --
Capital Product Partners L.P. (NASDAQ: CPLP) (the 'Partnership'), an international diversified shipping company, announced today the successful acquisition of the M/T 'Active' and new time charter employment for the M/T 'Militiadis M II' and M/T 'Avax' at increased day rates.
Pursuant to the Master Vessel Acquisition Agreement we entered into on July 24th 2014, the Partnership took delivery on March 31st 2015 of the M/T 'Active' (50,000 dwt, IMO II/III Eco Chemical/Product Tanker built 2015, Samsung Heavy Industries (Nigbo) Co. Ltd.), the first of five vessels (the 'Dropdown Vessels') that we have agreed to acquire from our sponsor, Capital Maritime & Trading Corp. ('Capital Maritime'). In connection with the acquisition of the Dropdown Vessels, we paid to Capital Maritime in September 2014 the amount of $30.2 million as an advance payment for all five vessels. The $33.5 million purchase price for the M/T Active was funded through a drawdown of $16.8 million
under the Partnership's senior secured credit facility with ING Bank N.V. (the 'ING Facility') and available cash, including from the proceeds of the equity offering completed in September 2014 (the '2014 Equity Offering'). The M/T 'Active' is chartered to Capital Maritime for a minimum charter term of 24 months (+/- 30 days) at a gross daily charter rate of $17,000 plus 50/50 profit share on actual earnings settled every six months.
Further to the Master Vessel Acquisition Agreement, the Partnership expects to acquire an additional four vessels from Capital Maritime, which comprise three newbuild 9,160 TEU eco-flex containerships under construction at Daewoo Mangalia Heavy Industries with expected deliveries in June, August and November 2015 and an additional eco medium range product tanker under construction at Samsung Heavy Industries (Nigbo) Co. Ltd. with expected delivery in June 2015. The three containerships are scheduled to enter into five-year time charter employment to CMA-CGM S.A. and the medium range product tanker is scheduled to enter into two-year time charter employment to Capital Maritime. The acquisition of the remaining Dropdown Vessels is expected to be funded from the proceeds of
the 2014 Equity Offering, drawdowns under the ING Facility and the Partnership's cash balances. In addition, the Partnership has a right of first refusal over six newbuild eco medium range product tankers built by Samsung Heavy Industries (Nigbo) Co. Ltd.
The M/T 'Militiadis M II' (162,397 dwt, Ice Class 1A Crude/Product Carrier, built 2006, Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering Co Ltd, South Korea) has extended its time charter employment to Petróleos Mexicanos ("PEMEX"), the state-owned Mexican petroleum company, through Subtec S.A. de C.V. of Mexico, for eleven months (+/- 30 days) at an increased daily rate of $33,000 gross. Previously, the vessel earned $28,000 gross per day. The new charter is expected to commence in April 2015.
The M/T 'Avax' (47,834 dwt, Ice Class 1A IMO II/III Chemical/Product Tanker, built 2007, Hyundai Mipo Dockyard Company Ltd., South Korea) has secured employment to Petróleo Brasileiro S.A. ('Petrobras') for three years (+/- 30 days) at $15,400 gross per day. The charter is expected to commence at the end of April 2015. The vessel is currently earning $14,750 gross per day under its time charter employment with Capital Maritime.
As a result of the new charters, the Partnership's charter coverage for 2015 and 2016 stands at 89% and 67%, respectively.
About Capital Product Partners L.P.
Capital Product Partners L.P. (NASDAQ: CPLP), a Marshall Islands master limited partnership, is an international owner of modern tanker, container and drybulk vessels. The Partnership currently owns 31 vessels, including four Suezmax crude oil tankers, 19 modern MR (Medium Range) product tankers, seven post panamax container vessels and one Capesize bulk carrier. All of its vessels are under period charters to BP Shipping Limited, Overseas Shipholding Group Inc., A.P. Moller-Maersk A.S., Hyundai Merchant Marine Co. Ltd., CSSA S.A. (Total S.A.), Petróleo Brasileiro S.A. ('Petrobras'), Repsol Trading S.A. ('Repsol'), Engen Petroleum, Subtec S.A.
de C.V., Cosco Bulk Carrier Co. Ltd. and Capital Maritime.
For more information about the Partnership, please visit our website: www.capitalpplp.com.
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