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Volatility and Uncertainty? Where?

Any concerns the market or we had with respect to volatility and uncertainty in the markets were put to rest last Thursday when General Maritime priced its follow-on offering. While being an established company was key, we also noted the positive trend in the share price as both the vessel acquisition and follow-on offering were announced. The result was in our estimation remarkable. Described as a blowout, the deal was over 2 times oversubscribed with all the shares purchased by institutional buyers Due to demand, the deal was upsized by 20% and yet no one received their full allocation. Moreover, from a pricing perspective, the shares were discounted by the typical 4.5% from the day’s closing price. While the transaction was accretive and positive in the long run, the results were a strong vote of confidence in Peter G. and his entire team.

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