D’Amico International Shipping S.A. announced that its operating subsidiary d’Amico Tankers D.A.C. (Ireland) signed a memorandum of agreement and bareboat charter contract for the sale and leaseback of the MT High Freedom, a 49,990 dwt medium-range product tanker vessel, built in 2014 by Hyundai-Mipo, South Korea for a consideration of US$ 28.0 million.
This transaction allows d’Amico Tankers to generate around US$ 13.4 million in cash, net of commissions and reimbursement of the Vessel’s existing loan, 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-year bareboat charter agreement was also concluded with the buyer, with a purchase obligation at the end of the 10 th year of the charter period. Furthermore, d’Amico Tankers has the option to repurchase the Vessel,starting from the second anniversary of her sale at a competitive cost of funds. As of today, DIS’ fleet comprises 56.5 double-hulled product tankers (MR, Handysize and LR1) with an average age of about 7.5 years (of which 27 owned vessels, 26.5 chartered-in vessels and 3 bareboat chartered). Currently, d’Amico Tankers has also shipbuilding contracts with Hyundai Mipo Dockyard Co. Ltd., for the construction of 5 LR1s (Long Range) product tankers expected to be delivered in 2018.
Marco Fiori, Chief ExecutiveOfficer of d’Amico International Shipping, stated: “I am glad to announce the conclusion of this further sale and lease back contract, which represents our third deal with reputable Japanese counterparties. This transaction will generate a positive net cash effect of US$ 13.4 million for DIS in January 2018, improving the Company’s liquidity position in view of the completion of our newbuilding plan. At the same time, our Company will keep full control of this vessel through a 10 year bareboat charter contract and will have the option of repurchasing it starting from the second anniversary of its sale date at a competitive cost of funds”