Nordic American Tankers Ltd. ("NAT") Completes Acquisition of
Nordic American Tankers Ltd. ("NAT") Completes Acquisition of Scandic American Shipping Ltd., the Business Manager of NAT
HAMILTON, BERMUDA -- (Marketwire) -- 01/11/13 -- On December 17, 2012 NAT (NYSE: NAT) announced that it had acquired 100% of the shares of Scandic American Shipping Ltd. ("Scandic"), its management company since 2004. This transaction has now been completed. The Company acquired Scandic from a company controlled by Herbjorn Hansson, NAT's Chairman and CEO, and his closest family. As part of the consideration payable to the seller, the Company issued an aggregate of 1,910,112 common shares of the Company, which are subject to a one-year lock up agreement. Following this transaction, Mr. Hansson and members of his family own about 5.6% or 3.1 million shares of the Company's outstanding shares.
Mr. Hansson commented: "Our ownership in Scandic has now been converted into NAT shares and as a result of this transaction our interests are further aligned with those of all shareholders. This increased shareholding in NAT is showing my strong support of the Company and its strategy and policies. The NAT acquisition of Scandic will have no effect on the management of NAT in any way. I plan to serve as Chairman and CEO for a good many years to come."
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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, vessels 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.
Press Release (PDF): http://hugin.info/201/R/1669803/542560.pdf
Contacts: 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
Rolf Amundsen Head of Investor Relations, Norway Nordic American Tankers Limited Tel: +1 800 601 9079 or + 47 908 26 906
Turid M. Sorensen EVP & CFO, 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