FRO - Possible private placement of up to 3 million new shares in Frontline Ltd.
Press release from Frontline Ltd. 25.06.2008
Frontline Ltd. intends to complete a private placement of 2.3 million new shares with an option to over-allocate up to a total of 3 million new shares. The Company will approach professional investors to test the market's interest following the close of the Oslo Stock Exchange today.
Frontline Ltd.'s largest shareholder, Hemen Holding Ltd., has guaranteed the subscription of 2.3 million shares.
The net proceeds from the private placement will, if successful, be used to finance the acquisition of the 5 double hull suezmax tankers which was announced this morning and in settlement of the delivery of shares in Overseas Shipholding Group Inc. currently controlled through forward contracts.
The shares in the placement will not be registered under the U.S. Securities Act of 1933 and will not be offered or sold in the United States absent registration or an applicable exemption from the registration requirements of that Act.
This press release does not constitute an offer to subscribe for the shares in the United States.
This press release contains forward looking statements. These statements are based upon various assumptions, many of which are based, in turn, upon further assumptions, including Frontline management's examination of historical operating trends. Although Frontline believes that these assumptions were reasonable when made, because assumptions are inherently subject to significant uncertainties and contingencies which are difficult or impossible to predict and are beyond its control, Frontline cannot give assurance that it will achieve or accomplish these expectations, beliefs or intentions.
Important factors that, in the Company's view, could cause actual results to differ materially from those discussed in this press release include the strength of world economies and currencies, general market conditions including fluctuations in charter hire rates and vessel values, changes in demand in the tanker market as a result of changes in OPEC's petroleum production levels and world wide oil consumption and storage, changes in the Company's operating expenses including bunker prices, drydocking and insurance costs, changes in governmental rules and regulations or actions taken by regulatory authorities, potential liability from pending or future litigation, general domestic and international political conditions, potential disruption of shipping routes due to accidents or political events, and other important factors described from time to time in the reports filed by the Company with the United States Securities and Exchange Commission.