Golden Ocean: Private Placement successfully completed

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[UPDATE] Golden Ocean Group Limited announced that the private placement of new shares announced on February 18, 2016, has been successfully completed at NOK 5.00 per New Share, raising gross proceeds of NOK 1,718,420,000 (approximately USD 200 million) through the issuance of 343,684,000 New Shares.

The successful completion of the Private Placement also means that the Company fulfils the equity condition in its amended financing terms, as described in the stock exchange notice on February 18, 2016.

Notifications of allocation of New Shares will be distributed on or about February 19, 2016. The due date for payment for allocated New Shares is expected to be February 23, 2016. Following issuance of the New Shares the Company will have 516,359,637 issued common shares each having a par value of USD 0.01.

The Company’s existing unused authorized share capital is not sufficient to issue all the New Shares, and Hemen Holding Limited has agreed to defer settlement with respect to 16,359,637 of its allocated New Shares until an increase in the Company’s authorized share capital has been approved. Such approval is expected to be obtained during the week starting February 22, 2016. The Company has received undertakings from shareholders representing approximately 50.82% of the shares and votes in the Company that they will vote in favour of the capital increase, which represents sufficient majority for approval.

The New Shares issued in the Private Placement will be restricted shares in the U.S., and will be subject to a six month holding period during which they cannot be traded in the U.S. The New Shares will therefore be delivered and registered on a separate ISIN BMG396371145 in the Norwegian Central Securities Depository (Nw. Verdipapirsentralen) (the “VPS”). The New Shares will be assumed for listing only on Oslo Børs under a separate trading symbol “GOGL R” following publication of a prospectus (the “Prospectus”) approved by the Norwegian Financial Supervisory Authority (approval expected on or about February 23, 2016). During the second half of 2016, the New Shares are expected to be registered with the Company’s ordinary ISIN BMG396371061 and thereafter commence to trade under the Company’s ordinary trading symbol “GOGL” and become freely tradable on both Oslo Børs and NASDAQ Global Select Market.

The Company will carry out a subsequent offering (the “Subsequent Offering”) of up to 34,368,400 new shares in the Company for gross proceeds of up to NOK 171,842,000 million (approximately USD 20 million) (equal to up to 10% of the size of the Private Placement). The Subsequent Offering will, on the basis of the Prospectus, be directed towards shareholders who (i) are holding less than 100,000 shares as of February 18, 2016, as registered with the VPS as of expiry of February 22, 2016, (ii) are not allocated shares in the Private Placement, and (iii) are not resident in a jurisdiction where such offering would be unlawful or, for jurisdictions other than Norway, would require any prospectus, filing, registration or similar action (the “Eligible Shareholders”). The Eligible Shareholders will be granted non-tradable subscription rights. The subscription period in the Subsequent Offering is expected to commence shortly after publication of the Prospectus. The subscription price in the Subsequent Offering will be the same as in the Private Placement. Reference is made to a separate stock exchange release in this regard.

Danske Bank, DNB Markets, part of DNB Bank ASA, Arctic Securities AS, Clarksons Platou Securities AS and Nordea Markets, part of Nordea Bank Norge ASA have acted as Managers of the Private Placement.

The previous report:

Billionaire investor John Fredriksen’s dry bulk shipping firm Golden Ocean plans to raise $200 million in fresh equity as it continues to face weak markets for its vessels, the company said.

Fredriksen’s investment vehicle Hemen Holding, which owns 43.1 percent of Golden Ocean, will invest an amount that is at least equal to its current stake, and other leading shareholders plan to do the same, Golden Ocean added.

In return, the company’s banks have agreed to defer loan repayments of $165 million until September 2018.

The shipping firm separately announced a net loss of $69.3 million for the fourth quarter of 2015 and said it would not pay a dividend.

[reuters]

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