TOP Ships: Purchase of 50% Interests in Eco MR Product Tankers; JV With Gunvor Group

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TOP Ships announced that it has acquired from a company affiliated with the Company’s Chief Executive Officer a 50% interest in two vessel owning companies that own two ultra-high specification scrubber-fitted 50,000 dwt eco MR product tankers, M/T Eco Yosemite Park and M/T Eco Joshua Park for $27 million.

Both vessels were delivered in March 2020 from Hyundai Mipo shipyard of South Korea.

The acquisitions were approved by a special committee composed of independent members of the Company’s board of directors. The Transaction Committee obtained a fairness opinion relating to the consideration paid in this transaction from an independent financial advisor.

The Company also announced that the Seller had already entered into two joint venture agreements, for the two vessels, each with an equal ownership interest of 50%, with Just-C Limited, a wholly owned subsidiary of Gunvor Group Ltd (the other 50% owner), one of the world’s largest independent commodities trading houses by turnover.

Each of the two product tankers have time charters with Clearlake Shipping Pte Ltd, a subsidiary of Gunvor Group Ltd and one of the largest charterers of tanker vessels in the world, for a firm term of five years plus two additional optional years. The total potential gross revenue backlog from these contracts is about $91.7 million.

Finally the vessels have a five year non-amortizing senior financing agreement in place from a major Greek bank for approximately 45% of their charter-free value.

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