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Concordia Maritime sells positions in chartered-in suezmax vessels

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Concordia Maritime is selling the positions previously taken in four chartered-in suezmax vessels. The economic value corresponds to an EBITDA of US$5.3 million.

As part of the fleet positioning ahead of the gradually stronger market that was expected, Concordia Maritime participated in period charters of four suezmax tankers. Concordia Maritime's share was 50%. Stena Bulk accounted for the remaining 50% and the owner of the ships also had a profit-sharing entitlement.

As anticipated, the stronger market has now materialised and the positions have a clear economic value. Concordia Maritime has agreed with Stena Bulk to sell the shares in the above-mentioned period charters 1 January 2019 to the end of the charter period. This means that the economic value of the positions, US$5.3 million, will be realised during 4Q18. The valuation is based on the companies' share of the difference between the cost of the period charter and the estimated income from these positions.

"It is very pleasing that our exposure to the suezmax market turned out so well. The value of the chartered suezmax vessels has risen considerably since the contracts were signed. It is therefore our assessment that the level and timing are now right to realise the value. Our main focus is product tankers, where we still have considerable exposure to the sport market, with both owned and chartered tonnage. However, conducting business with suezmax vessels is an important complement that can offer good opportunities, as shown by this particular deal," says Kim Ullman.

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