Ardmore Shipping Corporation (NYSE:ASC) ("Ardmore" or the "Company") today announced the acquisition of a 49,997 Dwt Eco-design product and chemical tanker built in July 2013 at STX Offshore & Shipbuilding Co. Ltd., South Korea, for a purchase price of $36 million.
The vessel is expected to deliver to Ardmore between July 1 st and August 31 st 2014, and is intended to be employed either in the spot market or on a one-year time charter. Upon delivery, Ardmore’s fleet will stand at 22 vessels, with 12 in operation and 10 Eco-design product and chemical tankers scheduled to be delivered by the fourth quarter of 2015, the next two of which are scheduled to deliver six months from now, in November 2014.
Anthony Gurnee, the Company’s Chief Executive Officer, commented:
“We are pleased to announce the acquisition of this 2013-built, state-of-the-art, Eco-design MR tanker. This latest addition to our growing fleet of fuel-efficient product and chemical tankers represents the ongoing execution of our expansion strategy and the first step in the accretive deployment of the capital that we raised during our recent equity offering.”Mr. Gurnee continued, “With the addition of this in-the-water, Eco-design tanker, we have increased our fleet size and near-term earnings potential. We are furthermore very happy with the price, which compares favorably with other recently traded Eco-design MR’s. The success of this transaction is a result of our measured, disciplined growth strategy, and we will continue to seek out further acquisitions in order to maximize both our earnings potential and long-term shareholder value.” About Ardmore Shipping Corporation: Ardmore owns and operates a modern, fuel-efficient fleet of mid-size product and chemical tankers. The Company is engaged in the seaborne transportation of petroleum products and chemicals worldwide to oil majors, national oil companies, oil and chemical traders, and chemical companies. Additional information is available at the Company's website www.ardmoreshipping.com, which is not a part of this press release. 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," "intends," "estimate," "forecast," "project," "plan," "potential," "may," "should," "expect," "pending" and similar expressions identify forward-looking statements.