HAMILTON, Bermuda, Dec. 9, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Nordic American Tankers Limited (NYSE:NAT) (the “Company”) announced today that, in connection with its previously announced public offering of 8,125,000 common shares at a public offering price of $8.00 per share, the underwriters exercised a portion of the option granted to them by the Company and will purchase an additional 1,018,750 common shares on the same terms on which the 8,125,000 common shares were sold to the underwriters. The common shares are being offered pursuant to the Company’s effective shelf registration statement. Morgan Stanley & Co. LLC is acting as the bookrunning manager for the offering and DNB Markets Inc. and Pareto Securities Inc. are acting as co-managers of the offering.
The Company expects to close the sale of these additional common shares on or about December 11, 2013, subject to customary closing conditions. Following the closing, the total net proceeds to the Company, before expenses to the Company and including net proceeds from the sale of the additional shares, will be approximately $69 million and the Company will have 75,182,001 common shares outstanding.
As previously announced, the Company intends to use the net proceeds of this offering primarily to finance its investment in Nordic American Offshore Ltd.
This press release does not constitute an offer to sell or the solicitation of an offer to buy securities and shall not constitute an offer, solicitation or sale in any jurisdiction in which such offer, solicitation or sale is unlawful. The offering is being made by means of a prospectus and related prospectus supplement. Copies of the prospectus and prospectus supplement relating to the offering may be obtained from the offices of Morgan Stanley & Co. LLC at 180 Varick Street, Second Floor, New York, New York 10014, Attention: Prospectus Department.
About the Company
The Company is an international tanker company that owns 20 double-hull Suezmax tankers.
CAUTIONARY STATEMENT REGARDING FORWARD-LOOKING STATEMENTS
Matters discussed in this press release may constitute forward-looking statements. The Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 provides safe harbor protections for forward-looking statements in order to encourage companies to provide prospective information about their business. Forward-looking statements include statements concerning plans, objectives, goals, strategies, future events or performance, and underlying assumptions and other statements, which are other than statements of historical facts.
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The forward-looking statements in this press release are based upon various assumptions, many of which are based, in turn, upon further assumptions, including without limitation, our management’s examination of historical operating trends, data contained in our records and other data available from third parties. Although we believe that these assumptions were reasonable when made, because these assumptions are inherently subject to significant uncertainties and contingencies which are difficult or impossible to predict and are beyond our control, we cannot assure you that we will achieve or accomplish these expectations, beliefs or projections. We undertake no obligation to update any forward-looking statement, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.
Important factors that, in our view, could cause actual results to differ materially from those discussed in the forward-looking statements include the strength of world economies and currencies, general market conditions, including fluctuations in charter rates and vessel values, changes in demand in the tanker market, as a result of changes in OPEC’s petroleum production levels and world wide oil consumption and storage, changes in our operating expenses, including bunker prices, drydocking and insurance costs, the market for our vessels, availability of financing and refinancing, changes in governmental rules and regulations or actions taken by regulatory authorities, potential liability from pending or future litigation, general domestic and international political conditions, potential disruption of shipping routes due to accidents or political events, vessel breakdowns and instances of off-hires and other important factors described from time to time in the reports filed by the Company with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including the prospectus and related prospectus supplement, our Annual Report on Form 20-F, and our reports on Form 6-K.
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CONTACT: Scandic American Shipping Ltd. Manager for: Nordic American Tankers Limited P.O Box 56, 3201 Sandefjord, Norway Tel: + 47 33 42 73 00 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Jacob Ellefsen, Manager, Investor Relations and Research, Monaco Nordic American Tankers Limited Tel: + 377 93 25 89 07 or + 33 678 631 959 Rolf Amundsen, Advisor, Norway Nordic American Tankers Limited Tel: +1 800 601 9079 or + 47 908 26 906 Turid M. Sorensen, CFO & EVP, Norway Nordic American Tankers Limited Tel: +47 33 42 73 00 or +47 90 57 29 27 Gary J. Wolfe Seward & Kissel LLP, New York, USA Tel: +1 212 574 1223