Frontline Ltd. (NYSE/OSE: FRO) (the "Company") has mandated Arctic Securities AS and Arctic Securities LLC (the "Manager"), to assist the Company in a contemplated offering (the "Offering") for issue of 13,422,819 new shares (the "New Shares") for gross proceeds of USD 100 million. The Offering is directed towards certain Norwegian and international institutional investors subject to applicable exemptions from European prospectus requirements. The minimum application and allocation amount has been set to the USD equivalent of EUR 100,000, provided that the Company reserves the right to, at its sole discretion, allocate lower amounts to investors that qualify as "professional investors" pursuant to the Norwegian Securities Trading Act and ancillary regulations.
The subscription price in the Offering will be USD 7.45 per New Share (equalling NOK 62.80 at a USD/NOK exchange rate of 8.43), equivalent to a 2.1 % discount to the closing price of the Company's shares on the New York Stock Exchange on December 8, 2016 adjusted for the USD 0.10 dividend declared by the Company on 28 November 2016. The application period for the Offering will start December 8, 2016 at 22:00 hours (CET) and will close on December 9, 2016 at 08:00 hours (CET). The Company reserves the right to close or extend the application period at any time at their sole discretion, at short notice.
Our largest shareholder, Hemen Holding Ltd., ("Hemen"), a Cyprus holding company, indirectly controlled by trusts established by the Company's Chairman and President, Mr. John Fredriksen, for the benefit of his immediate family, which owns approximately 52% of the Company's ordinary shares, has guaranteed the Offering. If the Offering is oversubscribed, the allocation to Hemen may be reduced below its pro rata share in order to improve the free float.
The allocation will be made at the discretion of the Company in consultation with the Manager, on or about December 9, 2016, subject to any shortening or extension of the application period.
The New Shares will not give right to receive the USD 0.10 dividend declared by the Company on 28 November 2016 with ex-date 13 December 2016 on the New Your Stock Exchange and 14 December 2016 on the Oslo Stock Exchange and payment date on or about 22 December 2016.
The net proceeds from the Offering will be used to opportunistically fund growth opportunities through vessel acquisitions and for general corporate purposes.
Subject to full payment of the New Shares, the New Shares allocated in the Offering are expected to be delivered to the subscribers in the Offering on or about December 16, 2016 and to be registered in the Norwegian Central Securities Depository (VPS) with the Company's ISIN BMG3682E1921 and commence to trade under the Company's ordinary trading symbol "FRO" and become tradable on the Oslo Stock Exchange and the New York Stock Exchange on or about December 16, 2016.
This announcement does not constitute an offer to sell or the solicitation of an offer to buy securities and shall not constitute an offer, solicitation or sale in any jurisdiction in which such offer, solicitation or sale is unlawful. The offering is being made by means of an application agreement, a term sheet and a prospectus and related prospectus supplements which form a part of the Company's effective Registration Statement on Form F-3 (Registration No. 333-204884) that has previously been filed with the US Securities and Exchange Commission (the "SEC"). Copies of the offering documentation may be obtained by contacting Arctic Securities at telephone: +47 21 01 30 40 or e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org .
December 8, 2016 The Board of Directors Frontline Ltd. Hamilton, Bermuda
Robert Hvide Macleod: Chief Executive Officer, Frontline Management AS
+47 23 11 40 84
Inger M. Klemp: Chief Financial Officer, Frontline Management AS
+47 23 11 40 76
Arctic Securities AS:
+47 2101 3123
Arctic Securities LLC:
+1 212 597 5555
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In addition to these important factors and matters discussed elsewhere herein, important factors that, in our view, could cause actual results to differ materially from those discussed in the forward-looking statements include the strength of world economies, fluctuations in currencies and interest rates, general market conditions, including fluctuations in charter hire rates and vessel values, changes in demand in the dry bulk market, changes in our operating expenses, including bunker prices, drydocking and insurance costs, the market for our vessels, availability of financing and refinancing, 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, political events or acts by terrorists, and other important factors described from time to time in the reports filed by the Company with the Securities and Exchange Commission.
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