HAMILTON, BERMUDA -- (Marketwired) -- 04/02/13 -- Nordic American Tankers Ltd. (the "Company") (NYSE: NAT) today announced that its follow-on offering of 9.75 million common shares has been priced at $9.60 per share. The common shares are being offered pursuant to the Company's effective shelf registration statement. The Company's Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Mr. Herbjørn Hansson purchased 156,250 common shares in the offering on the same terms as other investors. Morgan Stanley & Co. LLC is acting as the bookrunning manager for the offering and DNB Markets Inc., Skandinaviska Enskilda Banken AB and Pareto Securities Inc. are acting as co-managers of the offering. The Company has granted the underwriters a 30-day option to purchase up to an additional 1,462,500 common shares. The Company expects to close the sale of the common shares on April 5, 2013, subject to customary closing conditions.
The net proceeds of the offering are expected to be used to pay for acquisitions under our expansion program, including the Nordic Future, and for general corporate purposes. The Company's current fleet consists of 20 double-hull Suezmax tankers. In addition we have entered into a preliminary agreement to acquire a modern double-hull Suezmax tanker, the Nordic Future, which is expected to be delivered no later than May 2013. The Company is reviewing other possible acquisitions of vessels which could take place in the near future.
This press release 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 a prospectus and related prospectus supplement. A prospectus supplement related to the offering will be filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission. When available, copies of the prospectus and prospectus supplement relating to the offering may be obtained from the offices of Morgan Stanley at 180 Varick Street, Second Floor, New York, New York 10014, Attention: Prospectus Department or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
About the Company
The Company is an international tanker company that owns 20 modern double-hull Suezmax tankers. In addition we have entered into a preliminary agreement to acquire a modern double-hull Suezmax tanker, the Nordic Future, which is expected to be delivered no later than May 2013.
CAUTIONARY STATEMENT REGARDING FORWARD-LOOKING STATEMENTS
Matters discussed in this press release may constitute forward-looking statements. The Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 provides safe harbor protections for forward-looking statements in order to encourage companies to provide prospective information about their business. Forward-looking statements include statements concerning plans, objectives, goals, strategies, future events or performance, and underlying assumptions and other statements, which are other than statements of historical facts.
The Company desires to take advantage of the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 and is including this cautionary statement in connection with this safe harbor legislation. The words "believe," "anticipate," "intend," "estimate," "forecast," "project," "plan," "potential," "will," "may," "should," "expect," "pending" and similar expressions identify forward-looking statements.
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