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Precious Shipping

It may not be fresh news anymore, but we thought it would be interesting to take a closer took at Precious Shipping’s USD 250 million featured among Dealogic’s Top 15 Shipping Loans in 1Q2010. In January, Thailand’s dry bulk shipping company Precious Shipping secured a new USD 250 million secured term loan facility with a syndicate of lenders comprising Bank of Tokyo Mitsubishi UFJ (“BTMU”), Bank of Ayudhya, Kasikornbank, Export-Import Bank of Thailand and Thanachart Bank, making this possibly the second largest shipping loan in Asia in 1Q2010. This transaction was led by BTMU’s team in Singapore, which demonstrates the bank’s strategy in using Singapore as a platform to widen its geographical reach.

Precious Shipping will be making use of the loan facility to finance up to 60% of the dry bulk ships (details in the accompanying table). The company has recently concluded its plan to sell its oldest 25 ships and is in the process of rejuvenating its fleet by acquiring younger and bigger vessels. In addition to the two second-hand ship purchases, Precious Shipping has contracted 18 brand new ships at ABG Shipyard in India and signed long term charter contracts for three cement carriers.

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