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Scorpio Bulkers to refinance ultramax vessel

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Yesterday, Monaco-based dry bulk shipping company Scorpio Bulkers Inc. (Scorpio Bulkers) entered into a financing transaction in respect of one of the company’s ultramax vessels with an unaffiliated third party.

As part of the transaction, the company is to sell a Japanese ultramax, that was built in 2016, SBI Hermes, for a consideration of US$20.5 million and then lease it back from the buyer through a five-year bareboat charter agreement at a rate of US$5850/d. If converted to floating interest rates, based on the expected weighted average life of the transaction, the equivalent cost of financing at current swap rates would be LIBOR plus 1.39% per annum.

The transaction also provides the company with options to repurchase the vessel beginning on the third anniversary of the sale until the end of the bareboat charter agreement. This transaction, which shall be treated as a financial lease for accounting purposes, increases the company’s liquidity by approximately US$11.3 million after repayment of the vessel’s existing loan. 

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