Star Bulk Carriers announced that it has closed the previously announced acquisition of fifteen operating dry bulk vessels from Songa for an aggregate of 13.725 million common shares of Star Bulk and $145.0 million in cash.
Following the closing of the Vessel Purchase Transaction, (i) Mr. Arne Blystad will be appointed to the Board of Directors of Star Bulk as Class C Director and Mr. Herman Billung will join the management team of Star Bulk as Senior Vice President and (ii) Songa is expected to distribute the Consideration Shares to its shareholders.
First trading day of the secondary listing of the Company’s common shares on Oslo Børs, a regulated stock market operated by Oslo Børs ASA of Norway, is expected to take place by mid-July. The Consideration Shares will be restricted from trading in the U.S., including through the Nasdaq Global Select Market, for a period of six months following the distribution of the Consideration Shares to the shareholders of Songa unless they are sold pursuant to a transaction exempt from, or not subject to, registration under the Securities Act of 1933, as amended.
The Consideration Shares will not be registered under the Act may not be offered or sold in the United States absent registration or an applicable exemption from the registration requirements under the Act.