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With 2 Months to Spare

Today, Navios Maritime Acquisition Corporation, the SPAC formed by Navios Maritime Holdings (“Navios”) back in June 2008, announced that it had agreed to acquire a 13 vessel fleet, consisting of 11 product tankers (4 LR1s and 7 MR2s) and 2 chemical tankers for an aggregate purchase price of $457.7 million. The company also has options to purchase two additional LR1s for $40.5 million each. The purchase price will be paid from cash ($123.4 million) and $343 million of bank financing consisting of a three term loans aggregating $277 million and a $57 million revolving credit facility. The high leverage also leaves excess cash remaining for growth from the original $220 million raised. The company’s rationale for the purchase is its belief that the assets are being acquired near their inflation adjusted historic low prices and the anticipated increased demand for products as the global recession eases.

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