FRO - Completion of an equity issue of NOK 1,071 million
Press release from Frontline Ltd. 26.06.2008
Frontline Ltd. (the "Company" or "Frontline") has today successfully completed a private placement of a total of three million new shares to a subscription price of NOK 357 per share. Gross proceeds from the equity issue amounted to NOK 1,071 million (equivalent to approx. USD 210 million).
The share capital of Frontline Ltd. following this issue amounts to USD 194,646,255 represented by 77,858,502 ordinary shares of USD 2.5 par value. Each ordinary share in Frontline Ltd. has one vote in the company's Shareholders Meeting.
The net proceeds from the private placement will be used to finance the acquisition of the five double hull suezmax tankers and as settlement for the delivery of shares in Overseas Shipholding Group Inc. currently covered by forward contracts.
Hemen Holding Limited, a company indirectly controlled by Frontline's chairman John Fredriksen, guaranteed the subscription of 2.3 million shares and was allocated a total of 225,000 shares. No compensation was received for the underwriting. Hemen Holding Limited will after this control a total of 26,304,053 shares constituting 33.8 percent of the issued share capital in the company.
The share issue was lead managed by Carnegie ASA, with Fearnley Fonds ASA, DnB NOR Markets and Dahlman Rose & Co LLC as co-lead managers.
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.