January 27, 2009
Vessel sales boost OSG liquidity
Tanker giant Overseas Shipholding Group, Inc. (NYSE: OSG) says that vessel sale and sale/leaseback transactions generated total proceeds of approximately $194 million in the fourth quarter of 2008 and are expected to generate approximately $193 million in the first quarter of 2009. It says these amounts, together with cash from operations and available credit, provide it with "ample liquidity" as it heads into 2009.
OSG explains that it seeks to balance its portfolio of owned and chartered-in vessels. Vessel sales and sale/leasebacks not only raise cash that can be redeployed or reinvested, sale/leaseback transactions are a mechanism to shift residual risk, providing for greater flexibility in uncertain market conditions.
Vessel Sales and Sale Lease/back Transactions
On January 8, 2009, the sale of the Overseas Donna, a 2000-built VLCC, was completed. It generated proceeds of approximately $127.5 million and OSG will recognize a gain on vessel sale of approximately $77 million in the first quarter of 2009.
On January 6, 2009, the TI Africa, a 2002-built ULCC began conversion to an FSO (Floating Storage and Offloading) service vessel at Dubai Drydocks. In connection with the delivery of the vessel to the joint venture company formed between Euronav NV and OSG, the joint venture made a drawdown under its credit facility and distributed $50 million to OSG on January 27, 2009. The sale of the TI Africa into the joint venture will generate a gain on vessel sale of approximately $52 million in the first quarter of 2009.
On December 16, 2008, the Overseas Everglades delivered. The 2008-built 113,000 dwt Aframax tanker was subsequently sold and bareboat chartered-back for 12 years. OSG has certain purchase options with respect to the vessel, which joined the Aframax International pool upon delivery. Total proceeds from the sale were approximately $64.5 million.
On November 7, 2008, OSG took delivery of the Overseas Palawan, a 2008-built 74,000 dwt coated Panamax Product Carrier (LR1). The vessel was sold and bareboat chartered-back for 12 years. OSG has certain purchase options with respect to the vessel. Total proceeds from the sale were approximately $65.5 million.
On January 20, 2009, OSG took delivery of the Blue Emerald, a 51,000 dwt International Flag Handysize Product Carrier. The vessel has been time chartered-in for three years and joined OSG’s Clean Products International commercial pool.
On January 4, 2009, OSG took delivery of the Overseas Yellowstone, a 2009-built 114,000 dwt owned Aframax.
Two 1989-built non-double hull product carriers redelivered, the Overseas Delphina on January 5, 2009 and the Overseas Vega on January 8, 2009. An additional nine non-double hull product carriers redeliver in July 2009 in connection with the product carrier fleet renewal program.
On January 5, 2009, OSG cancelled time charter-in obligations on two Suezmaxes that were scheduled to deliver in the first quarter of 2009. The cancellations were due to delayed deliveries, with no penalty to OSG, and reduced the company’s minimum time charter-in commitments by approximately $75 million. OSG says it remains committed to expand opportunistically its Suezmax segment over time.