Scorpio Tankers Inc., a global provider of marine transportation of petroleum products, has announced that it has recently taken delivery of three product tankers under its Newbuilding Program.
STI Brixton, a Handymax Ice Class 1A product tanker was delivered from Hyundai Mipo Dockyard of South Korea on June 27, 2014. Upon delivery, this vessel began a time charter for up to 120 days at approximately $15,000 per day.
STI Venere and STI Virtus, MR product tankers, were delivered on June 30, 2014 from Hyundai Mipo Dockyard of South Korea and SPP Shipyard of South Korea, respectively.
Upon delivery, these vessels began time charters for up to 120 days at approximately $18,000 per day.
The company has also made the anticipated drawdowns from its 2013 Credit Facility, KEXIM Credit Facility, and K-Sure Credit Facility to fund the above mentioned and previously announced vessel deliveries that occurred during the second quarter of 2014.
Scorpio Tankers also announced a new $150 million stock buyback program, that the initial purchasers exercised their option to purchase an additional $60 million in 2.375% convertible senior notes due 2019 and newbuilding vessel deliveries.
New $150 Million Stock Buyback Program
On June 27, 2014, the company’s Board of Directors approved a new stock buyback program with authorization to purchase up to $150 million of shares of the company’s common stock.
During the second quarter of 2014, the company has acquired 22,626,385 of its common shares that are being held as treasury shares, which includes (i) 4,998,785 common shares that were purchased in the open market at an average price of $8.87 per share, (ii) 7,500,000 common shares that were acquired in exchange for 3,422,665 shares in Dorian LPG Ltd. and (iii) 10,127,600 common shares that were acquired in conjunction with the company’s offering of the Notes.
The company said that it has 178,534,162 shares outstanding as of June 30, 2014.
Scorpio Tankers Inc. currently owns 27 tankers (two LR1 tankers, three Handymax tankers, 21 MR tankers, and one post-Panamax tanker) with an average age of 2.3 years, time charters-in 26 product tankers (eight LR2, six LR1, four MR and eight Handymax tankers), and has contracted for 47 newbuilding product tankers (23 MR, 12 LR2, and 12 Handymax ice class-1A product tankers), 33 are expected to be delivered to the company throughout 2014 and 14 in 2015.
Press Release, July 1, 2014