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Gener8 Maritime secures USD 259 loan for its Chinese VLCCs

Gener8 Maritime, Inc., a leading U.S.-based provider of international seaborne crude oil transportation services, has announced that it has entered into a senior secured credit facility for up to $259.6 million of debt financing for its Chinese VLCC newbuilding program to be drawn in connection with the deliveries of the first four of the company's six Chinese new buildings.   Financing is being provided by Citibank, N.A. ("Citibank"), The Export-Import Bank of China ("CEXIM"), and the Bank of China ("BOC").

Gener8 Maritime's Chairman, Peter Georgiopoulos, commented, "We are pleased to complete the financing for the first four vessels of our Chinese ECO VLCC newbuilding program.  We expect to close on financing for the remaining two vessels in 2016. These agreements represent a key strategic milestone for our company as we continue to expand our fleet."  

The Chinese newbuild facility closed on November 30, 2015, with the first drawdown being used to refinance the October 21, 2015 term loan facility with Citibank.   The facility has a margin over LIBOR of 2.0%, and a 15 year amortization profile.  Pursuant to the Chinese newbuild facility, the debt financing will be secured by 4 Gener8 Maritime Chinese VLCC newbuildings, the Gener8 Strength, Gener8 Supreme, Gener8 Success and Gener8 Andriotis.  

Leonidas Vrondissis, Gener8 Maritime's Chief Financial Officer, added, "We believe the company is well positioned to focus on the deliveries of these newbuilds and to continue to execute upon our strategy laid out during our IPO. We believe that the ability to raise close to $2.0 billion in financing during 2015 demonstrates the commitment and support we have from our lenders and their belief in the prospects of our industry."

 

Source: Gener8 Maritime

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