Seanergy Maritime Holdings Corp. (the “Company” or “Seanergy”) (NASDAQ: SHIP) announced today that it has taken delivery of the 176,387 dwt Capesize bulk carrier, built in 2013 by Mitsui Engineering & Shipbuilding Co., Ltd. in Japan, which was renamed M/V Flagship (the “Vessel”). The Vessel was subsequently financed through a leasing agreement with Cargill International SA (“Cargill” or the “Charterer”). Pursuant to the agreement, the Company has chartered back the Vessel on a bareboat basis and subsequently entered into a five-year time charter (“T/C”) with Cargill at a rate which is linked to the Baltic Capesize Index (BCI).

Financing Agreement

The bareboat financing amount of the Vessel is $20.5 million at an implied interest rate of approximately 2% all-in, fixed for five years. The Company has the option to buy back the Vessel at any time during the whole five-year leasing period, at the end of which it has a purchase obligation of $10 million subject to certain adjustments based on the market price of the Vessel.

Time Charter Agreement

Under the terms of the T/C, the Vessel will earn an index-linked rate based on BCI, while the Company has the option to convert the daily hire from index-linked to fixed for a minimum period of three months to a maximum of 12 months based on the prevailing Capesize Freight Futures Agreements (“FFA”) curve. The index-linked rate will be 102% of the BCI minus $1,325 per day. The term of the T/C matches the term of the leasing transaction and has a duration of 60 months from the delivery of the Vessel to Cargill on May 10, 2021.

Energy Saving Devices

In addition, Cargill will fund the equipment and the installation of certain energy saving devices (“ESDs”) onboard the M/V Flagship, aimed to increase the Vessel’s energy efficiency by reducing fuel consumption and subsequently the Vessel’s carbon footprint. The Company and the Charterer have successfully implemented a similar project for the M/V Championship in 2019 in a cooperative scheme pioneered by Seanergy and Cargill.

Stamatis Tsantanis, the Company’s Chairman & Chief Executive Officer, stated:

“We are pleased to announce the delivery of the thirteenth Capesize vessel and its immediate commencement of period employment, during the strongest Capesize market of the last decade. Including this delivery, 84% percent of our fleet is employed under index-linked time charters.

We are also excited to further expand our strategic partnership with Cargill with another transaction, which is very beneficial commercially and environmentally. Cargill is one of the most prominent charterers with a clearly defined and actionable environmental and sustainability agenda.

The debt financings we have secured so far for our recent vessel acquisitions are priced competitively and this will further reduce the Company’s average cash interest expense. Moreover, upon the conclusion of this transaction our strong liquidity position will be further enhanced.  

The implementation of our strategic decisions of the last 6 months has a clear positive impact on Seanergy so far, and we continuously explore opportunities to further increase value for our shareholders.”

Company fleet upon vessels’ delivery:

Vessel Name Vessel Class Capacity (DWT) Year Built Yard Employment
Partnership Capesize 179,213 2012 Hyundai T/C Index Linked
Championship Capesize 179,238 2011 Sungdong T/C Index Linked
Lordship Capesize 178,838 2010 Hyundai T/C Index Linked
Premiership Capesize 170,024 2010 Sungdong T/C Index Linked
Squireship Capesize 170,018 2010 Sungdong T/C Index Linked
Knightship Capesize 178,978 2010 Hyundai T/C Index Linked
Gloriuship Capesize 171,314 2004 Hyundai T/C Index Linked
Fellowship Capesize 179,701 2010 Daewoo T/C Index Linked
Geniuship Capesize 170,058 2010 Sungdong T/C Index Linked
Goodship Capesize 177,536 2005 Mitsui Engineering Voyage/Spot
Leadership Capesize 171,199 2001 Koyo – Imabari Voyage/Spot
Flagship Capesize 176,387 2013 Mitsui Engineering T/C Index Linked
Hellasship Capesize 181,325 2012 Imabari T/C Index Linked
Tradership* Capesize 176,925 2006 Japanese Shipyard N/A
Patriotship* Capesize 181,709 2010 Japanese Shipyard N/A
Total / Average age    2,642,463 11.9    

*delivery expected by mid-June 2021

About Seanergy Maritime Holdings Corp.

Seanergy Maritime Holdings Corp. is the only pure-play Capesize ship-owner publicly listed in the US. Seanergy provides marine dry bulk transportation services through a modern fleet of Capesize vessels. Upon delivery of the remaining newly acquired vessels, the Company's operating fleet will consist of 15 Capesize vessels with an average age of 11.9 years and aggregate cargo carrying capacity of approximately 2,642,463 dwt.

The Company is incorporated in the Marshall Islands and has executive offices in Glyfada, Greece. The Company's common shares trade on the Nasdaq Capital Market under the symbol “SHIP”, its Class A warrants under “SHIPW” and its Class B warrants under “SHIPZ”.

Please visit our company website at: www.seanergymaritime.com.

Forward-Looking Statements

This press release contains forward-looking statements (as defined in Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended) concerning future events. Words such as "may", "should", "expects", "intends", "plans", "believes", "anticipates", "hopes", "estimates" and variations of such words and similar expressions are intended to identify forward-looking statements. These statements involve known and unknown risks and are based upon a number of assumptions and estimates, which are inherently subject to significant uncertainties and contingencies, many of which are beyond the control of the Company. Actual results may differ materially from those expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. Factors that could cause actual results to differ materially include, but are not limited to, the Company's operating or financial results; the Company's liquidity, including its ability to service its indebtedness; competitive factors in the market in which the Company operates; shipping industry trends, including charter rates, vessel values and factors affecting vessel supply and demand; future, pending or recent acquisitions and dispositions, business strategy, areas of possible expansion or contraction, and expected capital spending or operating expenses; risks associated with operations outside the United States; risks associated with the length and severity of the ongoing novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, including its effects on demand for dry bulk products and the transportation thereof; and other factors listed from time to time in the Company's filings with the SEC, including its most recent annual report on Form 20-F. The Company's filings can be obtained free of charge on the SEC's website at www.sec.gov. Except to the extent required by law, the Company expressly disclaims any obligations or undertaking to release publicly any updates or revisions to any forward-looking statements contained herein to reflect any change in the Company's expectations with respect thereto or any change in events, conditions or circumstances on which any statement is based.

For further information please contact:

Seanergy Investor RelationsTel: +30 213 0181 522E-mail: ir@seanergy.gr

Capital Link, Inc.Daniela Guerrero230 Park Avenue Suite 1536New York, NY 10169Tel: (212) 661-7566E-mail: seanergy@capitallink.com

 

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