September 10, 2009
OSG gets China Exim Bank financing
Overseas Shipholding Group, Inc. (NYSE: OSG) has entered into a $389 million, 12-year secured facility with The Export-Import Bank of China (China Exim Bank). Borrowings under the facility will be used toward financing three VLCCs and two Aframax crude oil tankers constructed in China. The two Aframaxes are the Overseas Yosemite and Overseas Yellowstone, delivered in the first half of 2009.
The facility is the first financing arrangement that China Exim Bank has extended to a U.S. company.
"We are pleased to establish a new relationship with China Exim Bank," said OSG CFO Myles Itkin. "This facility not only solidifies OSG's commitment to China in trade, finance and business development, it extends the maturity profile of our outstanding debt, providing ample resources to fuel growth. This financing underscores OSG's strong financial profile, superior access to long-term debt capital and our ongoing commitment to shareholders to aggressively manage liquidity and balance sheet strength."
"China has established itself as a major player in the shipbuilding industry," Mr. Itkin added. "We welcome the opportunity to participate in its continued growth through this new business relationship."
A formal signing ceremony took place in Beijing on August 10, 2009.