Ardmore Shipping Announces Acquisition of MR Product Tanker
CORK, Ireland -- October 28, 2013
Ardmore Shipping Corporation (NYSE:ASC) ("Ardmore" or the "Company") today
announced the acquisition of a 45,726 Dwt MR product tanker built in October
2006 at Minami Nippon Shipbuilding Co., Ltd., Japan, for a purchase price of
approximately $20.5 million.
The vessel is expected to deliver to Ardmore in December 2013, and is intended
to be employed either in the spot market or on a one-year time charter. The
company plans to convert the vessel to Eco-Mod shortly after delivery. Upon
delivery of this vessel, Ardmore’s fleet will stand at 21 vessels: nine in
operation and 12 on order with deliveries commencing in January 2014.
Anthony Gurnee, the Company’s Chief Executive Officer commented:
“We are very pleased with the acquisition of this 2006-built sister to the
Ardmore Seafarer, a proven performer in our fleet with excellent fuel
efficiency. This latest addition to our fleet represents the ongoing execution
of our expansion strategy as articulated during the initial public offering of
ASC: a high-quality, modern, fuel-efficient Japanese built MR tanker suitable
for conversion to Eco-Mod.”
Mr Gurnee continued, “With the addition of this vessel we have increased our
fleet size and near term earnings potential. We are furthermore very happy
with the price, which compares favorably with other recent MR sales and
reflects our value-oriented acquisition philosophy.”
About Ardmore Shipping Corporation:
Ardmore owns and operates a modern, fuel-efficient fleet of mid-size product
and chemical tankers. The Company is engaged in the seaborne transportation of
petroleum products and chemicals worldwide to oil majors, national oil
companies, oil and chemical traders, and chemical companies. Additional
information is available at the Company's websitewww.ardmoreshipping.com,
which is not a part of this press release.
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
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and are beyond our control, we cannot assure you that we will achieve or
accomplish these expectations, beliefs or projections.
In addition to these important factors, other important factors that, in our
view, could cause actual results to differ materially from those discussed in
the forward-looking statements include the failure of counterparties to fully
perform their contracts with us, the strength of world economies and
currencies, general market conditions, including fluctuations in charter rates
and vessel values, changes in demand for tanker vessel capacity, changes in
our operating expenses, including bunker prices, drydocking and insurance
costs, the market for our vessels, competition in the tanker industry,
availability of financing and refinancing, charter counterparty performance,
ability to obtain financing and comply with covenants in such financing
arrangements, 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, piracy or political events,
vessels breakdowns and instances of off-hires and other factors. Please see
our filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission for a more complete
discussion of these and other risks and uncertainties.
Investor Relations Enquiries:
The IGB Group
Mr Leon Berman, 212-477-8438
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