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No Pressure Just a Must Deal

General Maritime pulled out all the stops retaining a litany of Wall Street’s bankers to assist in the sale of its common stock needed to complete the financing of five VLCCS and two newbuilding Suezmax tankers from Metrostar. Debt financing is in the process of being arranged, with Nordea and DnB NOR, in the amount of $372 million, representing 60% of the purchase price. The facility is conditioned upon a successful equity offering to make up the remaining balance of $248 million plus any working capital needed. In this period of volatility in the markets, this is no simple deal. Adding further complications was S&P’s recent downgrade of the company’s debt to a B rating. This rating however needs to be put in the context of S&P’s overall view of shipping, which considers Teekay and OSG as BB and BB- rated respectively a few notches above Genmar’s.

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