ANTWERP, Belgium, 19th March 2013 – The executive committee of Euronav NV (NYSE EURONEXT BRUSSELS: EURN) announced that the company sold the Newbuilding Suezmax Cap Isabella (2013 – 157, 648 dwt) for a selling price of USD 54, 000, 000 and that the vessel will be delivered to its new owner upon delivery from Samsung Heavy Industries due to happen by the end of the month.
The vessel will be taken back under a bareboat charter for a fixed period of 2 years at current market rates and with 3 options to extend the charter by a further year. In the event of a sale of the vessel by the new owner during the currency of the bareboat charter, the company will also share in the profit if the vessel value exceeds a certain threshold.
As this transaction was signed before the announcement of the 2012 final figures and is the result of negotiations with various parties which started in the financial year 2012, the company will record the capital loss of USD -32 million still in 2012, in accordance with IFRS rules.
More importantly, however, this transaction enables Euronav to eliminate its only remaining capital expenditure whilst using very limited cash to take delivery of the vessel.
- Final year results 2012: Thursday, 21 March 2013
- Annual report 2012 available on website: Thursday, 28 March 2013
- Announcement first quarter results 2013: Tuesday, 16 April 2013
About Euronav: Euronav is one of the world’s leading independent tanker companies engaged in the ocean transportation and storage of crude oil and petroleum products. The company is headquartered in Antwerp,
Belgium, and has offices throughout Europe and Asia. Euronav is listed on NYSE Euronext Brussels under the symbol EURN. Euronav employs its fleet both on the spot and period market. VLCCs on the spot market are traded in the Tankers International pool of which Euronav is one of the major partners. Euronav’s owned fleet, consists of 36 double hulled
vessels being 1 V-Plus, 2 FSO vessels (both owned in 50%-50% joint venture), 11 VLCCs (of which 2 in joint venture) and 22 Suezmaxes (of which 4 in joint venture). Euronav vessels mainly fly Belgian, Greek and French flag. More detailed information can be found on the company’s website: www.euronav.com.
Regulated information within the meaning of the Royal Decree of 14 November 2007.