October 5, 2018 – Hunter Maritime Acquisition Corp. (Nasdaq: HUNT) (the “Company” or “Hunter”) announced that it has today commenced a tender offer (the “Tender Offer”) to purchase up to 14,173,100 of its Class A common shares, par value $0.0001 per share, at a purchase price of $10.00 per Class A common share. The Class A common shares are currently listed on the Nasdaq Capital Market under the symbol “HUNT.” On October 4, 2018, the last reported sale price of the Class A common shares was $9.97 per share. The Tender Offer will expire at 5:00 p.m. New York City time on November 6, 2018 unless extended or earlier terminated by the Company (the “Expiration Date”).
The Tender Offer is being made pursuant to the Company’s organizational documents which requires the Company to provide public shareholders with an opportunity to redeem their Class A common shares for a pro rata portion of the trust account (the “Trust Account”) established to hold the proceeds of the Company’s initial public offering consummated on November 23, 2016 in connection with a proposed amendment to its charter to extend the Termination Date (as such term is defined below). The Company intends to fund the purchase of Class A common shares in the Tender Offer with cash available to the Company from the Trust Account.
Currently, the Company’s charter provides that it must acquire, through a merger, capital stock exchange, asset acquisition, debt acquisition, stock purchase, reorganization or other similar business combination, assets or one or more operating businesses on or prior to November 23, 2018 (the “Termination Date”). Since the Company does not believe that it will be able to complete such an initial business combination prior to the Termination Date, the Company has separately called a special meeting of its shareholders to extend such termination date for a period of five months until April 23, 2019.
Only Class A common shares validly tendered, and not properly withdrawn, will be purchased by the Company pursuant to the Tender Offer. The Company’s obligation to purchase Class A common shares pursuant to the Tender Offer is subject to the satisfaction of certain conditions. There will be no proration in the event more than 14,173,100 Class A common shares are validly tendered and not properly withdrawn. Class A common shares tendered pursuant to the Tender Offer but not purchased by the Company in the Tender Offer will be returned at the Company’s expense promptly following the expiration of the Tender Offer. Our Sponsor and the members of our management team have agreed to waive their redemption rights with respect to any Class A common shares they have acquired.
The Company’s board of directors recommends that existing shareholders not tender their Class A common shares after they review the Offer to Purchase, contained in the Company’s tender offer statement on Schedule TO, which has been filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) and which is being distributed to shareholders.